elaine-huiru asked a question:
Recently, I’ve been reading up on Calvanism and Arminism. I’m from non-denominational church. (You probably have known which side my church leans to). What really bothers me a lot is the “predestination” component in the Calvanist theology. I really feel grieve because other who are not “predestined”(which may/may not include me) are doomed for eternal hell? And Jesus really only dies for people whom God has predestined to follow Him?
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While I still technically maintain that I’m a Reformed Calvinist, I’ve long since stopped self-identifying as one, because most of the Calvinists I met are jerks who care more about theology than Jesus and people. No theology should ever make us a jerk, or we need to start over.
The problem with seeing Predestination as a “qualifier for faith” is that it leaves out the context of, you know, the entire rest of the Bible. There are at least just as many verses that talk about Free Will, chasing after God, seeking His presence, and waking up to His wooing. Apostle Paul goes back and forth between Predestination and Free Will in the book of Ephesians, because he’s trying to reconcile two paradoxical truths in utterly incapable human language. Even 2 Thessalonians 2:13 talks about both in the very same verse (seriously, read it).
Somehow these doctrines work together, but if you asked me, my tiny three lb. brain is allergic to paradoxes. I leave that to God. Are we okay with that? To leave some mysteries to Him? Because if I actually figured it out, my head might catch on fire.
I know this will probably bother both Calvinists and Arminians, but God isn’t going to be monopolized by one particular aspect of our human-concocted theology. Every tribe and camp has a weakness in their doctrinal systems. While there are certainly non-negotiables, such as loving Jesus and loving people, there’s a lot of space for these secondary interpretations. So long as your theology drives you to a greater love of God and people, I think it’s good to go. If it doesn’t, let’s start from scratch and quit listening to the indoctrinated camps around us.
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