This is the first time I’ve used the “reblog” option.
Jeff presents a logically argued examination of a topic that is so grossly misrepresented by extreme Calvinists.
(sorry about the format of the quoted scripture verse – it’s something I don’t seem to be able to fix. I strongly recommend a visit to the originating site to read the whole article.)
A particular branch of Calvinism believes that everything is a result of God’s determinate counsel. Everything that happens, even sin, is a result of God’s ordination.
God said it should happen, therefore it happens.
In this elaborate structure, God, who makes people sin, is also released of blame. I have never been able to figure out why, nor has the Calvinist. “It’s a mystery” is the closest they will come to explaining it.
Which is fine, probably their safest answer, but it may also signify that the initial doctrine is illogical.
“Determinate counsel” appears one time in the Bible in Acts 2:23:
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain
The “Him” is obviously Christ. “Determinate,” according to Thayer’s Greek Definitions, means, “to mark out the boundaries or limits, to ordain, determine, or appoint.” Counsel…
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