Today in my class on Paul’s letters we discussed the passage where Paul tells the Corinthians to hand a particular individual over to Satan. Here’s what one student blogged about it (developing further on a comment she made in class):
1 Corinthians 4:5. “…you are to deliver this man to Satan 4 for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.”
Paul suggests giving people over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh, so that their spirit can be saved. I was struck by this. Satan is surprisingly helpful here; you can count on him to do you favors.
“We’ve got this guy, and he’s kind of corrupt. Ah…. if you could take him and give him back when he’s better… yeah. That’d be great. Right, also, if you could come in on Saturday to take away our incestuous pagans? Greeaaat.”