Question: Does God, according to Calvinism, command people He has specifically given neither the ability nor choice to do so to repent and believe in Christ or be damned?1, 2 And if so, why?


Scriptures such as as 1 Corinthians 10:13 come to mind:

(NASB) No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

The converse of which means God would be unjust to tempt (or let suffer temptation rather: Jas 1:13) and not give means of escape.

Thanks in advance.


1 By 'choice' I don't mean a 'creaturely will' as James White puts it, but a will that can choose salvation or damnation with the help of God post Fall (in the sense of refusing salvation in the case of damnation; and in the sense of accepting Christ and all that means in the case of salvation). I specify this as a 'creaturely will' which God invented to specifically not choose salvation does not meet the definition of 'was given the choice to be saved,' since such a choice was never even theoretically possible. Choice is here assumed to mean there is more than one really possible outcome (else choice is defined as 'you are free to do exactly what I tell you and nothing else.'

2 By 'ability' I mean the real and not merely theoretical capacity and power to do or perform some thing.

  • "which God invented to specifically not choose salvation" This might be an accurate description of the theology of supralapsarians, but most Calvinists are infralapsarians and would not accept it. – curiousdannii Sep 12 at 23:12
  • How would infralapsarian Calvinism answer the question? Don't both hold that man has no free will as defined above? – Sola Gratia Sep 13 at 14:33
  • It's a very complicated set of issues here, but I wouldn't want to even begin answering the question when it's built on such a fundamental misunderstanding, as supralapsarianism is IMO. – curiousdannii Sep 13 at 15:06
  • I don't understand. – Sola Gratia Sep 13 at 15:37
  • To clarify, by "choice" and "ability" you are referring to what the human can do + God's help? You say "a will that can choose salvation or damnation with the help of God." So not just what the human can do without God? So this definition of human will incorporates God's help/power into it? This would result in completely opposite answers from me, so I want to make sure I understand. – Alex Strasser Sep 18 at 20:40

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