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How do Calvinists explain God's wanting no one to perish and electing some to judgement?

The typical Calvinist response to this question is captured well by Wayne Grudem in his Systematic Theology: [1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9] speak of God's revealed will (telling us what we should do)...
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Does the triune God have will by nature, or by persons?

The short answer to the O.P.’s question is that their will proceeds from the Divine Nature. There is only one Divine Will, and each Person wills with the very same Will. It is misleading to say that ...
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Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?

Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life? The short answer is that it is very possible. There are four basic states of life within the Catholic Church: marriage, ...
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Can we exalt ourselves above God?

The highlighted expression is explained in the next clause; "He shall speak marvellous things against the God of Gods". He is exalting himself above God in his own mind and in his ...
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How is Jesus' will in union with the Father's? (Catholic perspective)

This is the question dealt with by the Sixth Ecumenical Council (the Third Council of Constantinople). The council addressed the heresy known as monothelitism. The heresy held that Jesus Christ only ...
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Why does God, according to his own words, "create evil"?

At the outset, we need to grasp the significance of the sentence preceding the one you quoted: There is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. This is the Lord God Almighty, creator ...
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What purpose do angels serve (Protestant)?

From a Protestant perspective, based on what the Bible says: It is true that angels are spirit creatures, but unlike God, they are created. Although angels were created as an order of creatures ...
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Can God act against His will?

No, God cannot act against His own will, as that would be a contradiction. No one can act against his own will, though one can allow things that one does not will to pass by refraining from action. ...
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Can Jesus' death be considered as a suicide?

All legal courts seem to recognise the difference between, say, a soldier voluntarily proceeding on a mission that is virtually guaranteed to end in his death, and in an individual deciding to throw ...
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What (if anything) are the differences between God's Will, Commands of Jesus, Ten Commandments?

The entire bible deals with God's Purpose, God's will and God's resolving of all matters within that compass. The entire bible is a progressive revelation of the will of God and is a progressive ...
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When and how was the doctrine of the one divine will established?

Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390) in his Fourth Theological Oration gives an early defence for the doctrine of the one divine will. The context of this paragraph is John 6:38. Let them quote in the ...
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How are the Decretive, Preceptive, and Permissive wills of God defined?

The decretive will of God is where God decrees what definitely will happen. For example, if God decrees that Jesus Christ will return in judgment, then that will definitely happen. The preceptive will ...
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According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, when there seems to be no physical or moral good resulting from it?

In the Book of Job, that man's greatest insights into his need for a savior and what that savior needed to do for him came in the midst of his suffering. In my own life, times of suffering have also ...
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In Trinitarian theologies, which nature is subservient to the Father?

Specifically, it is not the nature but the person who acts. Christ has two natures, human and divine, and His actions and statements are ascribed to either one nature or the other. In John 5:19 Christ ...
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In Trinitarian theologies, which nature is subservient to the Father?

The answer to the "My Father is greater than I" part of your question is given in the so-called Athanasian Creed, printed in copies of the 1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer. This declares ...
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Why does God, according to his own words, "create evil"?

This explanation is extracted from the New English Translation version: God is ultimately sovereign over his creation, including mankind and nations, in accordance with his sovereign will, he can ...
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How does Jesus have two wills in light of the rejection of Nestorianism? (Orthodox Trinitarian view)

Since I answered one of the original questions, I'll try answering here in a similar vein. First: Take the claim "Jesus can't be fully human without a human will;" why can't Jesus be fully ...
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Is Jonathan Edwards's view of "philosophical necessity" compatible with the Westminster Standards?

A refutation of Dr. Whitby's: Discourses on the 5 Points (1710). Calvinist/Arminian Debate: "Dr. Whitby asserts freedom, not only from coaction, but Necessity, to be essential to any thing ...
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How do Calvinists understand "anyone" in 2 Peter 3:9?

As the answer you mentioned suggests, the majority of Calvinists and that which is taught by the reputable Wayne Grudem in his Systematic Theology and many others, is that, in 2 Peter 3:9, "all" means ...
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What are the Catholic arguments for God having a free will?

St. Thomas Aquinas addresses this in his Summa Theologica I q. 19 a. 1 article, "Whether God has free-will?" He answers (c.): We have free-will with respect to what we will not of necessity or of ...
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What is the will of the Father according to the LDS vewpoint?

There is not just one answer to this, but rather a combination of many things that we do to allow us to be "swallowed up in the will of the Father." What will allow us to enter the "...
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Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?

Virginity and celibacy are superior states of life than that of marriage; and, though one is not obliged to choose the greater good, all are obliged to strive toward perfection (Mt. 5:48: "Be you ...
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Is there Biblical justification for asserting that Satan directly causes natural evil?

Is there Biblical justification for asserting that Satan directly causes natural evil? Both in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions, the answer would seem to be in the affirmative. The ...
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According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, when there seems to be no physical or moral good resulting from it?

This question is part of the Problem of Evil. How can a good God allow bad things to happen to "good" people? Disease is a natural evil, distinct from moral evil. There are two main ...
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Can God act against His will?

Firstly, it's unclear whether your are asking about God's volition or about His desire. Both are fair questions, and since jaredad7 already responded to the one, I'll start instead by looking at the ...
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Why might have God allowed the burning of Jephtha’s daughter when he condemned child sacrifice as worship in Deuteronomy 12?

Does the Bible actually say that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter as a burnt offering, that he copied the wicked religious sacrifices of the pagans to their gods to Baal and Molech by throwing live ...
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How do devils know what God permits in their doings? (Catholic perspective)

The mode of angelic knowledge is not discursive (reasoning from one premises to conclusions, as in human knowledge) but intuitive. Addressing whether an angel knows God by his own natural principles, ...
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According to Catholicism, how does God expect us to realize the truth of Christianity?

God "expect[s] us to realize the truth of Christianity" through the Church that He founded, which is guided by the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Ghost.(cf. Cdl. Manning's Temporal Mission of the Holy ...
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