I have had some Christian friends say, “Shame on you!” when I said the following about Adam Corolla (a famous atheist):
“Not my job to convert him. Jesus told us to TELL people about him. Not beg them. If they are foolish enough to turn down eternal life, Jesus also told us to simply shake our shoes off and take back our blessing of peace from them. Jesus is our KING. He has deigned to offer us a kingly gift- one from the goodness of his heart. He isn’t a beggar. In fact, he said to not cast our pearls to swine. Once a person denies God’s existence, they have officially become swine.”.
And yet, they claim to understand the concept of ‘not casting pearls to swine’. I was called ‘lacking in compassion’ and ‘ failing to understand the true intent of Christianity’.
So, let us look at what ‘swine’ are in the Bible. Because we know that Christ commanded us not to waste our time on them.
Matt 7: 6“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
In Luke, Jesus repeats these sentiments and explains that the reason the Apostles should take back their blessing of peace and shake the dust off their sandals is because the people to whom they were witnessing rejected God’s message. There doesn’t appear to be much patience or second chances here, does there?
Luke 10: 1After this the Lord appointed seventy-twoa others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.”
There is a direct relationship between cause and effect with God. We do certain things and then God does certain things. The Bible is clear that God has ZERO tolerance for those who would DENY him as God:
Romans 1: “18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, THEY NEITHER GLORIFIED HIM AS GOD NOR GAVE THANKS TO HIM, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 THEREFORE, God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 THEY EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD AND EXCHANGED IT WITH A LIE, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 BECAUSE OF THIS, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just AS THEY DID NOT THINK IT WORTHWHILE TO RETAIN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, SO GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A DEPRAVED MIND, SO THAT THEY DO WHAT OUGHT NOT BE DONE 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, GOD-HATERS, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
5 But BECAUSE OF YOUR STUBBORNNESS AND YOUR UNREPENTANT HEART, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”[a] 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, THERE WILL BE WRATH AND ANGER 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
Jesus said that only those ‘lured by God’ would come to him. He said only those ‘taught by God first’ could come to him. Well, since the above passages clearly state that when a person DENYS that God IS God, he completely rejects them, hardens their hearts and sends them down a path of complete and utter depravity. Somehow, I don’t think these are the people he is ‘luring’ to Christ. These are not the people whom God has ‘taught first’. These are first and foremost haters of God, himself. They do not even get a chance at Jesus. Again, some of you will scream. But unless I got the wrong Bible, these are God’s words. Who are you to change them?
Christian friends. If Jesus ordered us to never give up on people who are disrespectful to God, then who the heck are the ‘swines’ & ‘dogs’? Whose house dust are we to to shake off our feet? Whom shall we consider ‘unworthy’? From whom should we take back our blessing of peace??
SWINE EXIST. Or Jesus wouldn’t have mentioned them! Don’t speak on your own authority, Christian Friends. Speak on the authority of Christ. I believe Christ said this because he knew that hearts who would not even acknowledge the Father could never be fertile enough to receive the Word of salvation from the Son. Perhaps God mandated belief in him first because he knows that a person who will not love you should never be pursued. If you pursue a lover who spurns you, they will surely run harder and further away. Perhaps it is better to say, “Go then. Your loss!” Perhaps God knows that a position of strength is much better for the one running. Because they might just turn around and wonder if they really are missing out on something special. Perhaps. But no matter. He said them. We obey them.
First, the person must acknowledge and fear the Father, then the Son. I’m willing to take him at his word.
Friends, there are many, many who hunger for the word of the Lord. Those who WILL not accept them are not worthy of further attention. I didn’t say that, Jesus did. Jesus told us to go out and TELL people of his magnificent gift- not beg them to take it. The harvest is MANY, the workers are FEW. We need to use our energy and time wisely. Those who despise God before they even despise Jesus are lost. They are the swine. They are the dogs. The verses above prove that.
If YOU want to continue with them, you go ahead. Me? I think I’ll take God’s word for it. Too many other hungry souls who need attention.