For those of us born in the USA, we have been blessed to be part of a nation that recognizes the equality of mankind based on their humanity. This came about as a result of persecution by the king of England. This famous line is found in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Note that the founding fathers, limited the equality of all mankind to three things, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. In today’s society we often here the need for equality. This distorted view cries out for equal distribution of material, wealth and resources for everyone. The rub is no matter if the work or not, whether they deserve it or not, lets just redistribute all resources equally. Note again the founding Fathers were explicit, the pursuit of Happiness, they expected folks to work for their gain. So does the Bible.
While I can agree that there needs to be a fair and balanced biblical approach to how we go about our daily lives, NO WHERE does the Bible teach ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.
The Greek word isotés, is used in the Bible to mean equality; equality of treatment, fairness. Paul in 2 Corinthians 8:13-14, uses it to ask the church in Corinth to share their abundance so the church in Jerusalem (that is without) may get some equality. Taking care of fellow believers, or members of God’s chosen people is not a new concept. Paul again in his writing to the church at Colossae, Colossians 4:1 informs the masters of households to treat their bond slaves with fairness or equality.
Paul was also specific and prolific in writing about a different equality, Colossians 3:11, Ephesians 3:6, 6:9, Galatians 3:28, that which Christ and Christ alone brings to all mankind. The Bible is clear we are all made equal in Christ, that is all brothers and sisters (brides) of the Bridegroom. The Bible is equally clear that apart from Christ mankind is sordid and evil in his own thought and deeds (Mark 7:14-23) and only the grave make all men equal.
“Six feet of earth make all men equal. Death is the great leveler. The worm has no respect for knighthood or nobility. The mighty monarch and the slave, find common bed within the grave.” – Charles Spurgeon
The Salt Cellars is a book of proverbs and quaint sayings with explanations and applications by Charles Spurgeon. It is somewhat of an Aesop’s Fables with a flair that only Spurgeon could give. In the preface of the book, Spurgeon explains where the proverbs and quaint sayings came from:
“From what sources I have gleaned these proverbs it is impossible for me to tell. They have been jotted down as they were met with. Having become common property, it is not easy to find out their original proprietors. If I knew where I found a pithy sentence, I would acknowledge the source most freely; but the gleanings of years, in innumerable fields, cannot now be traced to this literary estate or to that. In the mass, I confess that almost everything in these books is borrowed — from cyclopedias of proverbs, “garlands,” almanacks, books, newspapers, magazines – from anywhere and everywhere. A few proverbs I may myself have made, though even this is difficult; but, from the necessity of the case, sentences which have become proverbs are things to be quoted, and not to be invented.”
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