Can we at least agree that there are some things about God and his ways that are beyond us? For instance, since God gives us prophecies that concern things that will happen in the future that means that he knows how things will turn out. He apparently knew us before creation since the prophets tell us so and since Jeremiah knew he was called when in his mother’s womb. Here is the place where some things break down. Some take these truths to mean that God never had a plan for those who do not believe on Jesus or open their heart to God. I strongly disagree. I base my position on the powerful emotion that is all over Scripture which reveals the heart of a loving God who reaches out to those who turn away. Isaiah says in 65:2, “All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people.” Here is a question for those who see God as not offering salvation to those who reject. Why would God hold out his hands to people that he decreed from eternity would be damned to hell? I am not suggesting that their rejection took God by surprise. I am simply stating what seems obvious. God is too loving not to reach toward even those that he knows will turn away. They are responsible for their obstinate behavior. They are loved of God. They spurn that love. Some do it knowingly. Some may not really know, but do it in complete ignorance. When Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” What was that about? I simply cannot find the God in the bible that is taught by those who call themselves “Calvinists”. Personally, I am not interested in being called by any name other than the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “Christian” will do just fine for me. No disrespect to Calvin, I just think he was a little too determined to define his break with Roman Catholicism. I appreciate his emphasis on the sovereignty of God. However, he should have stopped sooner in his effort to display the ways of God. He got in way over his head. He had no corner on that market. We always do. “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” (Job 11:7) The obvious answer should be “no”.

Dan Wooldridge

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