Omelettes, Eggs, and Predestination

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A great Chef once predestined a three-egg omelette to be set before the King. Early in the morning, before a single egg was cracked, he set out the cookware, the recipe, a dozen eggs, and the fresh spices. He made a solemn promise to the King . . . “No matter what happens, this omelette I make will be brought to you, delicious, wholesome, and on-time!”

When the proper time came, the Chef cracked the first egg into a small bowl. It looked perfect. The yolk was a deep, rich yellow, obviously just bursting with flavor. He quickly scrambled the egg, and then poured it into the larger bowl where he was preparing the omelette.

He then cracked the second egg. It too looked fantastic. He scrambled that egg too, and then added it to the first.

But when he cracked the third egg, his nose wrinkled at the pungent, sulfurous odor. This egg had gone bad, and it was clearly unfit for the King. The Chef discarded this foul egg, and then thoroughly washed out the little bowl he was using.

Then the Chef cracked the fourth egg. It looked beautiful just like the first two eggs. The Chef smiled, scrambled it, and added it to the omelette. Then he proceeded to skillfully add the filling, the seasonings, and the spices. And he cooked the omelette to perfection.

As promised, the great Chef brought his perfect omelette to the King. It was delicious, wholesome, and on-time.

Interestingly, the Chef’s predestination of the *omelette* was not equivalent to a predestination of any individual *egg*. The Chef could pick up any given egg with the *intention* of adding it to the omelette, and yet make a decision to cast out the eggs that are found to be rotten. Yet the individual rotten eggs do not interfere with the creation of the perfect omelette.

The predestination of a corporate body (the Church) does not require predestination of that body’s members (individual people).

Of course, an egg cannot choose whether to be fresh or rotten. But people can choose. And according to Jeremiah 18, the Potter’s predestination of the clay is dependent on the clay’s disposition toward the Potter. If the clay chooses to be stubborn, then the Potter makes the clay into a vessel fit for destruction. But if the clay chooses to repent, then the Potter makes the clay into a vessel fit for glory.

God has predestined the Church for glory. Nothing can stop the Church from arriving at that intended goal. There will be a Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and Christ will wed His Bride.

But will this individual person or that individual person be a part of that Church? Well, that is all up to individual choice. Do you choose to be a fresh egg, or a rotten egg? The choice is up to you.

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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11 Responses to Omelettes, Eggs, and Predestination

  1. I want to be a fresh egg…cooked in Saladmaster. 🙂

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  3. navyguns says:

    Reblogged this on The Truth About the Gospel and commented:
    Unlike eggs, we do have to choose this day who we will serve.

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  5. hopealhawi says:

    unfortunately for eggs, a rotten egg can not be remolded into a fresh one!!! However, through her/his faith in Jesus the son of God, a human being with a rotten spirit or mind , is continuously given the chance to rebirth in Christ. Then, Man should only seize that opportunity …. the omelette Chef’s work is mechanical…. God’s work is far from being mechanical, not even only human, rather divine!!!

    • I agree that the work of the chef is relatively mechanical, while the work of Christ is truly divine. That’s why this kind of story is called a parable. 🙂

      For the purposes of this metaphor, it might be helpful to think of the eggshell as being human sin, and to think of the egg’s “freshness” or “rottenness” to be the egg’s disposition toward the Savior. For example, King David had committed many sins, yet with his repentance and trust in God he was called “a man after God’s own heart”.

      If we think about it in this way, then we see that not all eggs are rotten. The shell (the sin) has to be removed from every egg before being put into the great Omelette (the Church). But only a heart disposition of hatred towards God makes one truly “rotten”, so to speak.

  6. hopealhawi says:

    heheh fine. let’s stick to your metaphor … then I’ll say removing the egg’s shell (the sin) is not so evident nor so easy nor does it occur so fast and so promptly… It’s rather a continuous effort… a life-long experience which necessitates much patience and much faith…. we always go through ups and downs… we repeatedly fall down (make sins) and then stand up again (repent through prayers,confessions, and communion) …

    However, when you spoke about the heart pre-disposition of hatred towards God… does this mean that we are born with a disposition either to hatred or to love? in other words doomed to turn out to be evil or to be good?

    • There is no such thing as a perfect parable, that matches reality in every way. Even in Scripture, the parables of Jesus can be picked apart in a similar way. And I certainly am not able to write parables as well as Jesus can. So the present metaphor will just have to do. The parable was not intended to focus on the ease or speed with which sin is removed.

      The point of the parable is to demonstrate that the concept of corporate election is distinct and separate from the concept of individual election. You can predestine the destiny of the omelette, without necessarily predestining the destiny of any one particular egg.

      As for your question, a person’s disposition (whether good or evil) does not *force* a person to behave in any particular way. Inclination does not equal force. Predisposition does not equal predestination. An individual person can choose to follow God’s leading, or an individual person can choose to reject God’s leading. Regardless of how you are born, the choice is up to you.

  7. hopealhawi says:

    thank you for the explanation

  8. Dale Rehse says:

    Excellent Opinions. Appreciate it!

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