Christopher Hitches; Did God Kill Him For Revenge
By now we have all read, seen or heard in the news about the death of Christopher Hitchens, age 62, profound atheist and mocker of Christians and Christianity. I would like to wish the greatest of sympathy to the family of Mr. Hitchens during their time of grief and loss. As the world absorbs the death of Mr. Hitchens and ponders why he died at such an early age, let us Christians learn from Hitchens tragic unbelief. For we know why Mr. Hitchens died. God did not strike him dead for revenge as some are saying in the blogosphere. Instead he died because it is written in Hebrews 9:27 and in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. By saying that God had to take revenge on Christopher Hitchens by killing him is actually limiting God’s omniscient. God knew that Hitchens was going to be a reprobate denying the existence of Him. Yet God showed mercy and allowed him to live for 62 years. It was not as if God was in heaven shaking his hands in the air wondering why Christopher Hitchens rejected His son Jesus Christ as Christopher's personal Savior. God knew exactly before the forming of the foundations of the earth and even time as we know it that Christopher Hitchens would not be drawn to Him. The same thing being true that God knows each and everyone of our hearts and whether or not we are a reprobate or regenerate. What we have here is not a matter of revenge but a matter of Infralapsarianism and supralapsarian. God did not have to look into the future and see who would be saved, this being the supralapsarian view of how God knew who would be saved. Instead God know who would be saved and always has, thus being the infralapsarianism view of the working of God’s knowledge of the saved.
So what can we glean for the death of Hitchens? First of all we as Christians just as every atheist know’s that we ALL will face this same outcome: DEATH. Secondly we know that unlike the atheist we as God’s elect have a blessed hope with knowing where we will spend our eternity, with our Father and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven. While we can feel sad for Hitchens family members left behind and pray that God would send the Holy Spirit to work in their lives so that they may be drawn to the Father. As for Hitchens he knew what his unbelief was going to get him. It is not that he never heard the Gospel preached to him before by many. He instead by means of the hypocrisy, lies, and mockery has seared God and the Salvation of His son from his conscience as we see in 1 Timothy 4:2.
In conclusion the best thing that we can pray for that will come out of the death of Christopher Hitchens is that God will work it in the hearts of other atheist to see the futileness of their rejection of Him and Jesus as Savior. God did not hate Christopher Hitchens anymore than He hates any other reprobate or sin. God did not seek Hitchens out for a revenge killing but instead knew that he would reject Him and allowed Hitchens to live out his life in it's fullest depraved condition of sin as an atheist here on earth.
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