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Appendix:
Anonymous Insightful or Funny Comments

 

Over the years of studying this subject, attending or participating in debates, and having casual conversations, I have come across incredibly insightful and hilarious comments about the subject. I wrote down many of them. Here are some of those comments and quotes, most of them Anonymous because I cannot remember who said them or wrote them! No copyright infringement or plagiarism intended. Please contact me if you are or you know the source of any of these, and I will gladly add the source credit. Sometimes the greatest spiritual truths are conveyed the most powerfully through masterfully worded one-liners or few-liners, humor, even sarcasm. (As time goes by more comments and quotes will be added.) 


The Comments, Quotes
 

Luke 7:30 says, "But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God's purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John." Now, the same verse with the Calvinist lenses on: "But the Pharisees and lawyers fulfilled the will of God for themselves when they rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by John, for though God wanted them to be baptized, He did not want them to be baptized."

Calvin gave effort to distinguish a "signified will of God" and an "effectual will of God." This either makes God a deceiver in that he signifies his will to save all people when he in fact does not really will to save all people, or, it makes God chaotic in that he both wills and does not will for all to be saved. One can abandon the whole elaborate apparatus of signified versus effectual will (as well as effectual versus non-effectual calling) if one accepts the simple Bible teaching that a man perishes because he rejects God's plan for him and does not do the Father's will.

Isaiah 55:7 says God is merciful and wishes to pardon sins. This is inconsistent with the Calvinist God who gives commandments that people cannot choose to keep, and then punishes them for not making choices they had no ability to make in the first place. One might ask, at least rhetorically, what is the point of giving a commandment to someone who cannot choose to keep or break that commandment? If people lacked freewill, the commandments would only serve to damn people. Isaiah 55:7 indicates damnation is not a foregone conclusion, but that it is indeed possible for someone to change course.

 

The word "adoption" is a false friend word, a homophone. At the time of Paul's writing the various passages on adoption, children were rightful heirs of their father's possessions, however, until they reached a certain age they were regarded as servants, being taught as they grew up. When they reached maturity they were officially adopted as full members of their father's estate and from then on ruled and reigned over the estate with their father. But to a young child, the adoption was in the future. Although at present believers are children of God, we will not be adopted as full members of the estate or household of God until the resurrection ("flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom"), at which point we will be glorified and receive the adoption. This is the predestination Paul referred to, that God had planned for all those who believe in Jesus.
 

Absolute Calvinism is an awfully bizarre variant of Biblical Christianity. It says the arsonist started the fire, but it is the wood's fault the house burned down. (Junior deSouza, 8/24/22)

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