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I struggle with John Calvin writing that God created people to go to the lake of fire (Institues, Volume 3, Chapter 21, Section 5). How could a loving, merciful, and gracious God create people so that they will burn forever in the lake of fire? It may be a sovereign act but I fail to see the love. I can understand punishment following the crime, but to create with the intention of suffering before the crime is difficult to comprehend.

  • Can you please edit this to quote the specific sentences from the Institutes you're asking about, including telling us which translation you're reading? – curiousdannii Oct 25 '18 at 22:16
  • Thanks. ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.pdf Page 770 "All are not created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation; and, accordingly, as each has been created for one or other of these ends, we say that he has been predestinated to life or to death." – Travel2Learn Oct 26 '18 at 0:20
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