A Parable Of Two Fathers

There was a man named John. He had an infant daughter, so young that she could not walk. In fact, she could not even stand up without holding on to something. John wanted his daughter to walk across her nursery, but she could not do it by herself. So he decided to help her walk across the room.

John took his daughter’s wrists in hand and lifted her up to a standing position, something she could not have done by herself. Then, slowly but surely, he began moving across the room. His daughter, being carried across the nursery in this way, picked up her feet, one after the other, to keep them from being dragged along the ground. In this manner, John helped his infant daughter walk across the nursery.

There was another man, younger than John, called Jacob. He had seen how John helped his daughter walk across her nursery. Then Jacob had a daughter, and she reached the age at which John’s daughter had walked across the nursery with her father. Jacob also decided to help his daughter walk across the room.

But he did not help his daughter in the same way that John did. Jacob extended his two index fingers and placed them in his daughter’s hands. She gripped them, and he pulled her up to a standing position, something she could not have done by herself. Then, slowly but surely, he began moving across the room. The girl wanted to maintain her grip on her father’s fingers so that she would not fall. So she put one foot in front of the other, so that she could keep up with her steadily moving father. In this manner, Jacob helped his infant daughter walk across the nursery.

Which of these men was more like God as he helped his child walk?

John’s surname was Calvin. Jacob’s surname was Arminius.

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