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According to the Bible , many are called, but few are chosen.
It expands on this topic through the words of the Apostle Paul:
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and
whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why
doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but,
O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing
formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me
thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same
lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dis-
honour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make
his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels
of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known
the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had
afore prepared unto glory.
In Paul's dichotomy, we are either vessels of wrath or vessels
of mercy. This is how we are fitted or prepared in Biblical lan-
guage, that is, fitted to destruction or prepared unto glory.
Modern people often describe themselves as being born that
way. In other words, we have a predisposition that is limited
by our genetic background. For a rare instant the Bible is in
agreement: we are as God created us. He chooses to create
two basic types of ashtrays from one lump of clay. One might
be ugly, but catches ashes as it was designed. The other might
be a gilded work of art, but something of a fire hazard.
According to the Bible, we may make the wise choice, but
only if God grants us wisdom. There is nothing good that we
accomplish apart from God.