Predestination or free will?

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Nehemiah6

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God gave us free choice but not free will
What good is free choice without free will? And why should free will even be an issue, since that is precisely how God created Man? Sinners must freely choose to obey the Gospel after they have been convicted and convinced by the Holy Spirit. God will compel no one to be saved, but He does present us with the awful consequences of failing to believe the Gospel.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)
 
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theanointedsinner

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sometimes my mind wonder about hypothetical things, like what if hypothetically no one believe the gospel like ever. Then everyone choose to reject salvation, and God knows that everyone will go to a bad place (in this hypothetical situation) so why would God create even Adam and Eve in the first place (if the possibility of this hypothetical situation can happen) where zero people go to heaven, in that situation, if that's the way free will is, then why create anyone in the first place, knowing the final result of free will
 

Danny1988

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Ephesians 2:8-9 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
The free choice crowd conveniently avoid this and many other scriptures which support election. The Bible teaches us to believe the whole counsel of God, not just cherry pick the bits we like, as they do.

Jesus Himself never preached a woks based salvation, so I don't know how why so many get it wrong
 

Danny1988

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Once you believed upon the gospel of Jesus Christ unto salvation, you were immediately predestined for the adoption which is the redemption of the body (Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:23). That's biblical predestination. It's a beautiful doctrine for the believer in Christ. But first, you must be in Christ. We cannot allow Calvinists to redefine God's word. Allow God's word to define itself.
That doesn't explain those who's names were written in the book of life before the foundation of the world
 
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theanointedsinner

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That doesn't explain those who's names were written in the book of life before the foundation of the world
written in the book of life before the foundation of the world<-- say what? we won't be able to do jack-um anything to it
 
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God predestines the elect but he does not predestine the reprobate. That would make God the author of sin.
The above statement is unclear to me.

If God predestines the elect, what other "destination" is there for those who are not predestined as "elect"?

How can God predestine the elect yet not predestine the reprobate?
 
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That doesn't explain those who's names were written in the book of life before the foundation of the world
Do you realize some names are "blotted" from the book of life?

Exodus 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
 
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theanointedsinner

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written in the book of life before the foundation of the world<-- say what? we won't be able to do jack-um anything to it
Mr. Danny, would you like to explain what I failed to understand about what you are trying to say?
 

Danny1988

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Do you realize some names are "blotted" from the book of life?

Exodus 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
There are 2 books, one was for His chosen people Israel and the other was for the new testament believers of which Jesus said He would lose none
 

Danny1988

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Mr. Danny, would you like to explain what I failed to understand about what you are trying to say?
The entire Biblical doctrine of predestination and election. There are entire books on this Biblical truth, I'm sure you are aware of our position
 
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theanointedsinner

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The entire Biblical doctrine of predestination and election. There are entire books on this Biblical truth, I'm sure you are aware of our position
I'm guessing, 5-point calvinist, but for limited atonement, who is doing the limiting

is it God because God is mightier than man
or, is it man, just because God allows man?
 

Nehemiah6

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There are 2 books, one was for His chosen people Israel and the other was for the new testament believers of which Jesus said He would lose none
There can only be one Book of Life, since God sees all His redeemed people as one group. While it is not called the Lamb's Book of Life in the OT, it is still the same book.

It would appear that all humanity is written in that book (since all men are created in the image of God), and as people fail to (or refuse to) believe God and believe on the Lamb of God, and choose sin and evil or goodness and righteousness through faith, their names are removed (blotted out) of the Book of Life.
 

Nehemiah6

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The free choice crowd conveniently avoid this and many other scriptures which support election.
The gift of God is eternal life (Eph 2:8,9), and it is for WHOSOEVER WILL receive it. So that automatically cancels election for salvation.

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev 22:17)
 

Danny1988

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The gift of God is eternal life (Eph 2:8,9), and it is for WHOSOEVER WILL receive it. So that automatically cancels election for salvation.

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev 22:17)
We can't take verses of scripture in isolation. If I applied them without considering the other 70% which say the salvation is a gift, I would go along with you. But I need to deal with all the scriptures, which deal with the topic and apply them according to their context.
 

Danny1988

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I'm guessing, 5-point calvinist, but for limited atonement, who is doing the limiting

is it God because God is mightier than man
or, is it man, just because God allows man?
I believe everything is preordained, because God is sovereign over all things including who will be saved. To say otherwise means that God is weak and unable to save the whole world as many here are suggesting He wants to do.

If God want's to do something He will do it, no matter what the obstacles are.
 
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theanointedsinner

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I believe everything is preordained, because God is sovereign over all things including who will be saved. To say otherwise means that God is weak and unable to save the whole world as many here are suggesting He wants to do.

If God want's to do something He will do it, no matter what the obstacles are.
why did God only preordained some, but not all?
 

Nehemiah6

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We can't take verses of scripture in isolation. If I applied them without considering the other 70% which say the salvation is a gift, I would go along with you. But I need to deal with all the scriptures, which deal with the topic and apply them according to their context.
So we both agree that salvation is a gift. And Scripture consistently says that it is a gift to "whosoever believeth".
 

Danny1988

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So we both agree that salvation is a gift. And Scripture consistently says that it is a gift to "whosoever believeth".
Yes, I agree with you. Except I would add that "whosoever believeth" is a gift as well. To believe is given only to his elect, the others will never believe because a carnal person finds faith in God to be foolishness
 

Nehemiah6

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Yes, I agree with you. Except I would add that "whosoever believeth" is a gift as well. To believe is given only to his elect, the others will never believe because a carnal person finds faith in God to be foolishness
That is NOT what the Bible reveals. Please read and study Romans 10, which also says "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by THE WORD OF GOD".

Also, please see my new thread "John Chapter 3 REFUTES Five Point Calvinism.