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For what purpose were the “Chosen People” chosen?
Favored in this sense simply means that of all the peoples on the earth, God chose the seed of Abraham as the lineage through which Christ would come. This certainly does not mean that all the seed of Abraham were worthy of such favor. On the contrary; the Israelites turned to wickedness quite often during their time in the wilderness, despite having been miraculously delivered out of Egypt. An atheist can certainly be a member of this chosen group despite his or her lack of faith in God.