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answered What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
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comment How can a Wholly Good God Deliberately Create Evil?
Also, the language of second(ary) causes comes from WCF V.IV: "He orders them to fall out, according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently."
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comment How can a Wholly Good God Deliberately Create Evil?
But, it sounds I misinterpreted the analogy--it is not between Macbeth and a pre-fall Adam (through whom evil came into the world), but between Macbeth and an unredeemed sinner today
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comment How can a Wholly Good God Deliberately Create Evil?
I had in mind, e.g., WCF IX, imagining him, if the analogy between Macbeth and Adam is to hold, in a pre-fall state "had freedom, and power to will and to do that which was good and well pleasing to God; but yet, mutably, so that he might fall from it."
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comment How can a Wholly Good God Deliberately Create Evil?
is Macbeth really a moral agent, though? Does he, in any sense, have a "free" will to chose to sin or not to sin? WCF refers to secondary causes through which God acts such that sin is never directly attributable to him; Shakespeare, on the other hand, directly writes Macbeth's thoughts and deeds with his own pen.
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asked What is synthetic theology?
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comment What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
Don't take any of that to denigrate your answer or reasoning. I quite agree with you, but I'm just looking to strengthen the support for the position.
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comment What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
Running the risk of the moderators kicking us over to chat for extended commenting.... Perhaps synthetic theology doesn't mean what I thought it meant. Actually, I know of a good forum to ask such a question! As far as interpretation being informed by doctrine... I see your point. We're certainly influenced by it, but it begs the question on where your systematics comes from. I argue that it should be biblically based itself, whence arises the question "is there scriptural support for regeneration preceding conversion", which may bring us right back where we started!
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comment What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
Actually, I shouldn't say yes and no. It does answer it... it's just not the answer I was hoping for :). But I appreciate your commitment to what the scripture is intending, and not trying to read into it something just to support your position.
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comment What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
Yes and no. Actually, the thing I liked about your answer is that it's the only one citing scriptural evidence rather than just theological positions. But it sounds from your comment that you need the synthetics to inform your position.
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comment What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
Also, I hope you don't mind my edits... I'm just a little OCD with separating out the quotations--it just makes it easier for me to read. Feel free to reverse my edit if you disagree.
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comment What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
Adrian, +1 and thanks for the response--I'm most interested in the Ephesians passage. I assume your position is that the "it" refers to faith, right? I can see this also explained as though "it" refers to salvation, i.e., "...salvation is the gift of God, not a result of works..." Would you consider expanding on that?
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asked What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?
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comment Did the cross permanently affect the intra-trinitarian relationship?
That's a good counter-argument. It seems like sound reasoning that it would contradict immutability (which is not without scriptural support itself), but I could potentially be convinced either way. It might be useful if you could expand on that to counter Affable Geek's position.