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As I read your question it appears that you are mistaking God's discipline with our free will. Let's begin with this statement, God is sovereign! What is meant by that is that God can do no wrong. His word is all powerful, it is his word that created all things, and all things (even you and I) are subject to his every whim. As the head of the household your ...


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The writer of Romans paints an answer with a brush wide enough to cover all these verses I think: Romans 8:29 "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined..." The all knowing God knows the heart of man and He is able to predestine/predetermine/foreordain/orchestrate according to what man will chose. And so Pharaoh chooses his path, but God orchestrated it. ...


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The "Swedenborgian" or "New Church" denominations that accept the Christian theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) do not see Satan, or the Devil, as a person, but as a personification of, or collective term for, evil and hell. The following rather long (for this site) explanation of this position, and its Biblical basis, is extracted and slightly ...


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One of the perhaps lesser-known works of Thomas Aquinas is his Catena Aurea, the Golden Chain. This is a commentary on the Four Gospels, one verse at a time; Aquinas gives the verse, and after (nearly) every verse intersperses commentary on it—notably from Augustine, Jerome, and John Chrysostom; though other theologians, Church Fathers, and Doctors of ...


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One prominent Reformed theologian, Louis Berkhof, has written that "[t]he problem of the origin of the evil that is in the world has always been considered as one of the profoundest problems of philosophy and theology." Other Reformed theologians share this assessment. Charles Hodge suggests that given "the feebleness of our powers" and the "limited range ...


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In order to know the answer to the question, we need first to know the difference between the pre-fall and fall of Adam. PRE-FALL Adam was created with the ability to choose life or death (Genesis 2:17). FALL Adam was unable to choose life except by the influence of God (John 6:44). Ergo, despite of the fact that God's holy influence is so convincing, ...


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Why would Adam and Eve be different from anyone else? To the best of my knowledge, Calvinists do not say that "God's holy influence is so convincing, that it is impossible for free thinking creations to choose against it". Where do you get this statement from? Is that a quote from a Calvinist? My understanding of Calvinism is quite the opposite: Calvinists ...



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