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absynthe--minded said: Re: Calvinism - what are the bits you agree with? Because I've gravitated towards pure Arminianism in recent years, and I'm curious as to your feelings.
Before I answer, I do want to mention that both Arminianism and Calvinism are pretty broad terms and cover a wide spread. I do favor Wesley Arminianism (perks of growing up partially Methodist) and admittedly, there isn’t a whole lot of Calvinism I do agree with. But the points I do buy:
- I agree that we’re all sinners, that sin and separation from God enslaves us.
- I like that New Calvinism (of most reformed churches) is focused on mission work and transforming the culture.
- In a sense, I do believe God is in control, which is a Calvinist claim. The difference herein lies in what I think God is in control of…
Now for the disagreements. Basically, a lot of my ideas on predestination and freewill come from Lewis. (Shocker, I know) There’s a line in The Great Divorce where Macdonald says to the protagonist, “Ye cannot fully understand the relations of choice and Time till you are beyond both…” I believe God is beyond both freewill and predestination and that there will never be a good, satisfying answer until we meet Him face to face.
I do believe that God never interferes with our choices. I believe God wants everyone to be saved, to be with Him. I do not think God created some people with the express purpose of them being separated from Him forever—I think God created each person with an intense desire to love them and to be with them forever. Most of all, I trust God’s heart.
I think that it’s important to note that God is outside of time, God isn’t linear—I think all moments-the past, the present, the future are happening all at once with God. I think in God’s presence linear time dissolves, that Man falling away from him is occurring at the same time Jesus is teaching, at the same time Jesus is dying, at the same time Jesus is descending into Hell and paying our ransom, at the same time the new Heaven & Earth are being created. I think our lives occur all at once with God, but because He is infinite, He can step into every single moment at will.
Where does that leave the question of predestination and free will? Hell if I know. But those are my feelings on the matter.