SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - A young man that says "God loves you" to everybody he meets was teaching through Romans 9 when he accidentally read, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
At first, the young man just kept moving as if what he read didn't contradict his foundational belief that God loves everybody. Others listening said, "Wait a minute, I thought you said God loves everyone? Doesn't this plainly teach God doesn't love everyone?"
The young man started to turn red as he blushed and nervously chuckled. "Maybe this a translation issue. What does your version say?" And lo and behold, they all said the same thing, including the Greek.
"Well, God did love Esau at one point but then he ended up hating him because he sold his birthright", the young man said.
Someone said, "But look at what you just read, the scripture says before they were even born this was determined. And then it goes on to say, this happened so that God's purpose according to election might stand."
The young man responded, "Well that wouldn't be fair. If God loved Jacob and hated Esau before they did right or wrong. He wouldn't be just."
Someone in the Bible study replied, "No, keep reading, 'Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.' God chose not to show mercy to Esau."
The young man said, "God has to show mercy or at least offer it to everyone otherwise he is a monster."
After arguing back and forth about this text, the young man quickly closed the study in prayer. The next day he was seen telling people on the college campus that "God loved them and has a wonderful plan for their life."