articles of chapter 6

Why I Do Not Believe in Negative Predestination?

Why would God call people not once but several times during life if God had already made a binding choice? Why has God found it necessary to produce the Bible to mankind and all the wise teachings in it? Or why does God bring forth in His word a tempting prize for those who enter the kingdom of God if He has already made a choice in advance electing the people who can enter it? If God has already made his choice and determined who are selected, how can the chosen ones fall and abandon? Why does God allow trials for those who cannot endure trials? Everyone cannot endure till the end in faith. If God has already chosen his own, why does he want everyone to be saved? If all is determined as Calvin says, why does the Bible urge us to choose the way of salvation and to strive for it? 2 Pet 1:10-11: So then, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election certain, for if you keep on doing this you will never fail. For in this way you will be generously granted entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – Why should we seek to strengthen our calling and our choices if God has chosen us in advance? Is not all accomplished in God’s way?

Rom 9:21-23 A potter has the right to do what he wants to with his clay, doesn’t he? He can make something for a special occasion or something for ordinary use from the same lump. Now if God wants to demonstrate his wrath and reveal his power, can’t he be extremely patient with the objects of his wrath that are made for destruction? Can’t he also reveal his glorious riches to the objects of his mercy that he has prepared ahead of time for glory.

God showed patience for vessels of wrath and did not predestine them to destruction, even though he must have seen in advance their coming fate. Why did God demonstrate long-suffering patience to the vessels of wrath or to those who were going to destruction unless he waited for these to the last moment to repent and thus become part of the salvation provided by God? God desires everyone to be saved, but has ultimately given the choice to humans.

When God is all-knowing, even before, he certainly knew that Adam and Eve would break his command. He must have known that Satan wants for himself the same kind of worship as God. God planned to have a human who would be born from a virgin and who is the descendant of King David, who will live a sinless life and finally with his death will redeem mankind from the power of Satan. He has also planned and known that a small group of twelve will follow Jesus as apostles, and this small group of Saints will rule the kingdom of God together with Jesus and that there will be a great multitude who will be saved in the last times. All those who are to be saved have a free choice, but if they endure faithfully to the end, they will be saved from the great tribulation. All this is what God has planned before the creation of this world.

Everyone decides on their own destiny. Either believe in the gospel of the kingdom of God and in the redemption sacrifice of Jesus by crucifixion or reject it as foolishness. Most of humanity rejects the gospel they hear and do not see it necessary to examine it spiritually. 1 Cor 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 2: Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned. “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned”. (Mar 16:16)

 

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