On Martin Frobisher’s return to the new world, he hoped to find the fate of four men who had been lost on his first voyage.
In a battle that followed, Indians shot arrows at the explorers, who returned arrows in defense. The Europeans were astonished to find any Indian wounded by English arrows to immediately hurl himself off the rocks into the sea, drowning. When the rest decided it was useless to continue shooting, they fled inland. Hakluyt’s Voyages, 189
Where those wounded could have been treated by the Europeans, healed and returned to their villages and families, they preferred death. Which has a mournful spiritual application. For many people react to Jesus that way. He would forgive their every sin, however wicked, malicious or ignorant. He would rehab their entire thinking and behavior, the past forgotten in forgiveness, the future brilliant with promise. He would declare them righteous by merely trusting his Grace.
But no...they accept anyone but Jesus. And anything but surrender to him. And any possible alternative to enter Heaven than through him. Rather than Jesus they prefer to die in their sins. Rather than be saved by him, they prefer to live eternally in hell! How mournful that is. How unnecessary. How destructive in those lives is all the truth, love and mercy of God the Father and Christ his Son!
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