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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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Is there a scriptural example of a non-believer speaking on God's behalf?

In the book of Ezra, God speaks to the King of the Persians, who were holding the Israelites in exile: 1In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by ...
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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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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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When can our prayers change God's mind/will? Is it wrong to pray against the will of God?

We can pray to God for anything anytime, but He is allowed to respond. The fact that we can communicate with a timeless being is itself hard to fathom. Check out this passage about Hezekiah who, upon ...
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According to reformed theology, how does the fall glorify God?

Charles Hodge provides a simple argument in his Systematic Theology (1.5.13.B). He begins on the same ground as stated in the question: that the glory of God is the ultimate purpose for everything. ...
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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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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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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

Between God's speaking and our hearing, many steps intervene: The prophet hears from God, either face-to-face (Moses), or through dreams, or visions The prophet speaks The scribe records Other ...
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

While Paul Chernoch's excellent answer addresses the general case, in the specific example you cite there is no significant difference in the message. You write " should not or shall not ... ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the biblical evidence against the idea that God, pre-Fall, always intended Jesus' crucifixion?

This is a Bible based answer. This is what Jehovah's Witnesses believe, so it is how they interpret these scriptures. Since you asked for a Biblical basis, not the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, the ...
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If God desires salvation for all, how come many people died without hearing the gospel?

"3. Many people never heard the gospel." Among them are people who don't want to hear about spiritual matters; they are satisfied with this life. Paul the apostle preached the gospel to the hardened ...
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Why doesn't faith heal like it did when Jesus was alive? Aka, "yes-no-wait"

"This assumes that the request is in God's will, which I think is a safe assumption for healing (?)." This is a safe assumption based on the life and works of Jesus. Jesus is the exact ...
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

The Bible speaks of the scriptures being twisted. This is Peter speaking about Paul's letters. Many of which are in the Bible. 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, ...
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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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What is the Biblical Basis for monothelitism?

Any scripture used to oppose Nestorianism can argue for Monothelitism As WLC notes in the quote you provide, any doctrine that were to imply that Christ had not only 2 natures (divine and human) but ...
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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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