This is my first post besides my introduction.
I’ve been a committed Calvinist the last ten years, although I attend a Christian & Missionary Alliance church which is Arminian for the most part-- I’ve kind of been a burr in everyone’s saddle - haha!. Well, when this whole Rob Bell thing picked up a few weeks ago I was quick to send out emails keeping everyone informed of the tragic spread of Universalism. During these engagements I wrote my pastor how convinced I was in Calvinistic theology as the only true interpretation of Scripture to refute this teaching. I still believe that it is the only other possible reading of Scripture that makes any sense.
Well, after sending off an email to my pastor waxing on about Calvinism, I really began to think about whether Scripture truly teaches that God’s ultimate purpose is to have the majority of mankind suffer in eternal, conscious torment, while “the few”, “the elect” bask in God’s mercy. It just didn’t make sense. It still doesn’t make sense. As much I appreciate the Calvinistic goal of defending God’s glory and justice, in the end I don’t think this framework glorifies God or commends him as just.
So then I began to do some research and found out about Talbot, you guys, and a bunch of other guys, and now here I am. But right now I feel like I don’t know anything at all about the Bible. I mean, everything I know is set in this Calvinistic framework. For instance, last night I started reading the bible and turned to Romans chapter 8, of course, a watershed passage as far as election and predestination is concerned. I just didn’t know what to make of it at all. I feel like I’m reading something that makes no sense at all. And then Romans 9 gets even more confusing! I mean, I can handle it from the Calvinist viewpoint, but I have no idea what election means from the EU standpoint. Does EU just clarify a few troubling philisophical concerns, but leaves the rest of the Bible making so sense? Help!
Well, the title of my post is “general questions”, so I guess I should get to the point…
- What does election mean in EU? What does it mean that God predestined us? Does he predestine the entire human race?