Submitted by a contributor:
This is simple. Calvinism is the bad report.
Calvinism says, that every sin and problem was ordained by God.
The bad report was that the problems (dying in the wilderness, being defeated by giants) were intended by God; the bad report says that is why Israel was brought to the wilderness.
Calvinism says the same thing.
They did die in the wilderness, the bible tells us.
Because this did happen, Calvinism tells us this was ordained by God before time began.
The Bible tells us this was not God’s plan, but happened because the people believed the bad report.
Calvinism tells us this was God’s plan – precisely what the 10 spies told Israel.
Thus the bad report is the same as Calvinism.
Is that good?
Look at God’s reaction to the bad report.
Read the book of Hebrews and Numbers 14.
You will then see that the bad report is not only not blessed, but it is the opposite of the faith.
The Bad Report Analyzed
The short version:
Calvinism is the bad report of Heb. 14.
Ten spies reported that God brought Israel out to the wilderness to kill them.
That is what actually happened – they died in the wilderness.
28 Say unto them, [As truly as] I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; …
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
So those spies told the truth – what actually did happen is that their carcasses did fall in the wilderness, and per Calvinism, what actually happened is what was ordained by God, so the spies told the truth when they said God brought Israel to the Wilderness to die there.
Yet God was not pleased.
Is it good to propagate this “truth” of Calvinistic nature? or other similar “truths”?
What reward did God provide to those who propagated the Calvinistic-like “truth” that God would destroy Israel in the wilderness? (actually, modern Calvinist go beyond this – God had planned to destroy them in the wilderness from all eternity)
36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, 37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
Well, from the Calvinistic point of view, those spies told the truth – because it happened. That it happened proves that it was ordained to happen, by God, so saying that God brought Israel into the wilderness to kill them there would be telling the (Calvinistic) truth. It did happen, so it was ordained.
But God did not like what the 10 spies said.
God punished Israel for believing it. Why? It was the truth, per Calvinism.
God punished even more the men that told this “truth” – they “died by the plague before the LORD” while the rest of Israel took up to 40 years to perish.
This “bad report” aspect is a big issue for Calvinism.
Why? This “bad report” exemplifies something that God warns against in Hebrews, yet which Calvinism espouses: the belief that God ordained what happened to Israel, as described in Numbers 14.
The example of the bad report from Numbers above is referenced in Hebrews as the “anti-prototypical” example of faith – of what NOT to do to have faith. To have faith, we must do the opposite.
And faith – is key. This is indicated by the list below:
Live by faith
Walk by faith
Get healed by faith “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Saved through faith
Receive the spirit by faith
Minister the spirit by faith
Work miracles by faith
Please god by faith
Avoid sin by faith “whatever is not of faith is sin”
So… if faith is this important, … and it is …, and if what those spies and Israel did is in a (very real) sense the opposite of faith, and if what they did is also in a (very real) sense the essence of Calvinism – then we might do well to stop and consider before promoting this type of doctrine, which the spies who brought the evil report and modern day Calvinists teach.