Friday, October 08, 2010
Contra-Calvinism: More Scriptural References Refuting "Unconditional Election" and "Limited Atonement"
I thought I'd make a follow-up blog entry to the last, this time with a fistful of verses from the Bible that counter the Calvinist position on "Unconditional Election" and "Limited Atonement".
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly." - Romans 5:6
"As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day." - John 12:47-48
"God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew." - Romans 11:2
"Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again." - Romans 11:22-23
"Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you. For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all." - Romans 11:30-32
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone." - Hebrews 2:9
"Turn to me and be saved,
all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other." - Isaiah 45:22
"And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved." - Acts 2:21
"For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'" - Romans 10:12-13
... And for good measure, here's what we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church about God's tolerance of all acts of free will:
"To God, all moments of time are present in their immediacy. When therefore he establishes his eternal plan of "predestination", he includes in it each person's free response to his grace: 'In this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.' For the sake of accomplishing his plan of salvation, God permitted the acts that flowed from their blindness." - CCC, par. 600
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In my next blog entry I'll be looking at the concept of the "reprobate" and pointing out the issues this idea presents.