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comment What are the biblical arguments against the papacy and papal succession?
You can read commentary by Calvin and others on this verse here: ccel.org/study/Matthew_23%3A9 . I agree with Calvin that one has to look at what Christ meant by this verse. The entire paragraph that Christ spoke was criticizing those who elevate themselves above other men. "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted." While it's great when popes are humble, very often they are not.
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answered What are the biblical arguments against the papacy and papal succession?
Dec
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comment Why do Jews not accept Jesus as the Messiah?
I think the answer to the mystery of Mark 9:1 can be discovered in Mark 9:2.
Dec
12
comment What is the Biblical basis against the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible Grace?
Bruce expresses a lack of a response to his argument, so let me provide. First, it does not account for the fact that it is God who put the decision to accept Jesus into our hearts (e.g. John 6:44&65, 3:34, Ephesians 1:5&11). So our choice is merely a reflection of God's plan for us. Secondly, our choice is not the cause of our salvation, so even if grace were not irresistible, it would still not matter, because God's choice of saving us is his own decision (John 6:37-40). The knowledge that leads to our choice is the result of God wanting to bring unity on Earth and Heaven (Ephesians 1:9-10)
Dec
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comment What is the Biblical basis against the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible Grace?
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight." Ephesians 1:4. God could see our entire lives, even though we could not yet see ourselves. Verse 12 "in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory," means he chose the ones who it would be most fitting to praise him. The Bible does not explain why he did not chose to bend the rest to his will also. It just says it is his right to do with us as he sees fit.Perhaps the arrogance of those who want to tell God what to do is too much to put up with.
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awarded  Commentator
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comment What is the Biblical basis against the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible Grace?
He wants all to be saved, and but that would require all people to accept Jesus as lord and savior, which they won't do on their own. So it is up to God to decide whom to save and whom not to. All people did exist when he made his choices. They simply were not yet in a form we could recognize. He made those choices for his own purposes. Unless you also are omniscient, you can't say that his plan is not a wise one. I'm not saying your position is not a correct answer to the question. I'm just trying to point out that Calvinism does not have the contradiction that you seem to think it has.
Dec
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comment What is the Biblical basis against the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible Grace?
God would be willing to wait for as long as it takes us to come to repentance on our own, for as the preceding verse says, "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years." But we will not do it without his grace.
Oct
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answered “God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?
Oct
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comment How can the sun be created after day and night?
It seems to me that you also have to look at John 1:3-5 to see that John clearly uses the word light in a different sense than to mean the visible energy emitted from the Sun.
Oct
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comment Why are some people born into famine and starvation?
Also, far from meaning nothing, the suffering that all of us, including infants who die young, feel in life is exactly what God has determined is needed in order for us to be prepared to come into his holy presence.
Oct
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comment Why are some people born into famine and starvation?
@Bongeh, the suffering we feel in our lives is like a nightmare. Eventually we wake up from a nightmare, and according to scripture eventually we will be reborn into a world without suffering. But God has lessons for us to learn during the period before that day comes. For people who die as infants, that period of learning is shorter than for the rest of us. The idea that we are somehow entitled to a life with no suffering seems rather a presumptuous attitude to take. The proper attitude is thanks to God that we have life and even more so that we have salvation.
Oct
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comment Why are some people born into famine and starvation?
@Bongeh, children who die in infancy have already fulfilled the purpose that God has for them in this life. Since it is God's grace that saves, then the fact that they have not yet been baptized will not affect their salvation. Their acceptance of Christ is of course up to the Holy Spirit, and their relationship with their mother may be all that God needs for those individuals to understand what their relationship to God. I don't see a contradiction between God's love and infant death. The main outcome is that parents perceive the lost of their child, which God experiences for each sinner.
Oct
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answered Why are some people born into famine and starvation?
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comment Does an evangelical understanding of the 'laws of nature' make God seem more distant or close?
My parents were Jewish but I was atheist until about 10 years ago, when I noticed that the Bible matched up surprisingly well with modern physics.
Oct
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comment Does an evangelical understanding of the 'laws of nature' make God seem more distant or close?
When it says in Matthew 10:29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care," that would include apples also. I mention Einstein because I think it clarifies the confusion that has been present for a very long time about the role of God in the world, which I take it is the root of your question. The idea that God sees the entire history of the universe before him has been around for a long time, but with relativity being more commonplace it makes eternal God more understandble.
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answered Does an evangelical understanding of the 'laws of nature' make God seem more distant or close?
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answered How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
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comment How to compare Christian pastor credentials?
@MasonWheeler - The initial 12 apostles were as you describe, but when the Lord wanted the bulk of the New Testament written, he went to a professional theologian.