5

The simple answer is that God has decided that the wages of sin is death. It is entirely up to God as to what punishment sin deserves, and the punishment God chose was eternal damnation. The Heidelberg Catechism's first section on Sin and Misery speaks about this, in particular question and answer 10: Q. Does God permit such disobedience and rebellion ...


4

Not all things that happen are from God: Either God has allowed something to happen, or God intervenes and causes something to happen. God accomodates for everything that takes place and has worked it out for His own purpose. A light turning green or someone saying something to you, does not necessarily mean they are from God.. But that doesn't mean God ...


3

I'm not aware of any Christian philosophers who take a hard-line determinist point of view. Of course, no one has read everyone, so I can't say for sure, but it seems like a Christian philosopher who ultimately holds no one except God morally accountable for their actions might be hard to come by. I'm not saying that the position doesn't have any logical ...


3

I'm not sure I would agree that Calvinism is deterministic. Calvinists believe that God is sovereign and man is responsible. Calvinists also believe that the Bible is sufficient for faith and practice. As a result, some Calvinists would tend towards a nouthetic approach, such as Jay Adams and the Tripp brothers advocate. Indeed, I would definitely say that ...


2

Yes, the Bible makes clear that even a random number generator will always generate the number of God's choosing: Proverbs 16:33 NIV The lot (dice) is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. If a tornado kills my child, I can take comfort in knowing there is a divine purpose for it. God says He "rose up Pharoah", He also "rose up ...


1

It all seems to boil down to how “free will” is defined. Here are brief extracts from two articles that analyse Sam Harris’ book ‘The Illusion of Free Will’: Philosophy News: Sam Harris says the concept of free will is incoherent. Humans are not free and no sense can be given to the idea that we might be. There are good arguments in philosophical and ...


1

Julian Baggini has written a book called Freedom Regained: the Possibility of Free Will. In it the idea emerges that Philosophers working on free will and moral responsibility proceed almost exclusively by appealing to intuitions. Richard Oerton in his book The Nonsense of Free Will gives, I think, a good, not-too-technical-for-the-average-reader discussion ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible