Like Animals

These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed. [2Peter 2:12 NLT]

I may be wading into uncomfortable territory when I say that the unregenerated human is like an animal in that they possess nothing that will survive death. As much as I dearly loved my pets, I do not believe that I will see them in heaven. They were mortal animals that simply ceased to exist when they died.

So I believe that it is with humans who have not been born of the Spirit. In my view people are not born immortal but become immortal when they are, as Jesus put it, born again. Those who have not been spiritually born have nothing in them that survives death. They simply cease to exist when they die.

We pray Lord for those who are in need of a spiritual birth. Open their eyes and their hearts to your love.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.


  1. Hi Bob, we have mentioned this before. Isaiah 66:24 speaks of hell and immortality.

    So what do think the abhorrence to all mankind is?

    1. That is the traditional view Scott. It is predicated on the idea that all people are born immortal. I have difficulty accepting that view because it would mean that something immortal would need to die for something else immortal to be born. On this one I will go with Jesus. You must be born again.


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