Would you call this proof-texting?
If it is or isn’t proof-texting, is it accurate and is it proof (as far as one can prove something strictly from biblical texts)?
The Bible has a few verses that describe God’s nature. I’m not so sure this is proof-texting because these are about God’s nature, which is always the same no matter what the context.
- …for God all things are possible (in reference to saving mankind). (Matt 19:26)
- …he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9)
- The LORD does whatever pleases him in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all its deep regions. (Ps 135:6)
- For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him. (Phil 2:13)
- A man chooses in his heart, but the LORD directs his steps. (Pro 16:9)
So, if you take those verses about God’s character, power, will, and the way He works, you can make certain statements about the structure of His creation. If all things are possible for Him, and He does all His pleasure, and it is His will that none perish but that all repent, then that would imply that He can get everyone saved and that He will definitely get everyone saved. It also means that He would build the creation to fully support and accomplish His will of getting everyone saved. In fact, He has to do this if the Bible is truly inspired by Him because if He did not, it would mean He lied (or humans recorded His words and nature incorrectly in the Bible).
Would you say this is proof if proof is strictly confined to the scriptures, that God will save everyone? Or would you say this is merely proof-texting and isn’t actual proof? (I’m not talking about proof outside of biblical texts–I know it’s not provable outside of them).