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The Pigs and the Swans

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  • The Pigs and the Swans

    Here is something I wrote yesterday regarding salvation.

    The Pigs and the Swans

    Once upon a time there was a great magician who decided he wanted to create something. He decided to create two beautiful swans, one male and one female. He told the swans they could do whatever they wanted in the land except wallowing in the mud pool. The magician told the swans that if they should wallow in the mud pool they would become pigs.

    The swans were very happy with their life and had no strife or problems. One day the swans passed by the mud pool and encountered a slug who seemed to be enjoying the mud pool. When the slug saw the swans he said, please come join me in the mud pool it is really very wonderful. The swans replied that the magician who created them warned them not to wallow in the mud pool lest they should become pigs.

    The slug then told the swans that the magician had not been quite truthful with them and that he himself had wallowed in the mud pool and just wanted to restrict this pleasure from you. The swans believed the slug and decided to go ahead and wallow in the mud pool and when they did they immediately became pigs. When the magician found out what the swans had done he became angry and scolded the swans who were now pigs.

    After a while the magician felt sorry for the swans who were now pigs. He decided that he would himself become a swan and live his life never wallowing in the mud pool. He would then take the punishment of becoming a pig in place of the swans who became pigs. As justice would now be served, the swans who became pigs could now be changed backed to swans. The only requirement is that they believe what the magician had done and accept his free gift.

    By this time the swans who became pigs had many children which were also pigs. Fortunately what the magician had done would also allow all the children of the swans who became pigs to become swans as long as they also believed what the magician had done and accept his free gift. So it came to pass that some of the children of the swans who became pigs did not believe the magician and wanted to stay pigs. Many of the children of the swans who became pigs believed and accepted what the magician offered and became swans.

    Now the children of the swans who became pigs and were turned back into swans were told not to wallow in the mud pool. While they would not be turned back into pigs, they would however not enjoy wallowing in the mud pool. Also if they wallowed in mud pool the mud would cause them to lose their ability to fly and life would be hard for them. They would have to walk everywhere and it would be much harder for them to find food. So while they would remain swans, they would not be happy.


    This story is an allegory.

    The magician in the story represents God.

    The swans represent man headed for Heaven.

    The pigs represent unregenerate man headed for Hell.

    The slug represents Satan.

    The mud pool represents both sin and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    The pigs who did not accept the magicianís gift represent unsaved man.

    The pigs who accepted the magicianís gift, became swans and did not wallow in the mud represent mature Christians.

    The pigs who accepted the magicianís gift, became swans and wallowed in the mud pool represent immature Christians.

    The point of this writing is just like all the swans stayed swans whether they wallowed in the mud or not, all saved Christians whether they are involved in sin or not remain saved Christians. As the pigs could do nothing to make themselves swans, man could do nothing to become saved Christians. And as the swans can do nothing to become pigs again even if they act like a pig, man can do nothing to become unsaved even if they act like the unsaved.

    Just as the swans who wallow in the mud pool will not be happy and life will be harder for them, saved Christians who indulge in a sinful life will not be happy and life will be harder for them.

    Man does not have the power to save or un-save himself. Fortunately for man once you are saved there is nothing you can do to change that. If it was left up to us, we would all end up in hell.

    Goodboy
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