I dont consider you and idiot, Q. Also, I do agree that man has a free will, but I dont see from scripture that man is sovereign in salvation and that predestination is based on God's foreknowledge of someone's choice. Maybe you can show me a few scriptures that do? How do you understand Romans 8:29 and 1Peter 1:1?
I never said "man" was sovereign in salvation. I said man had choice to accept or reject salvation. I never said God's fore knowledge of man's choice was reason for predestination, either. I said God is sovereign in offering man salvation.
What I said is that God knows every possibilty that the universe (man included), can come to (I don't need conjecture on that point). And what I said is that the book of life is not "OPENED" until the day of judgement. That is in Revelation according to John (chapter six I believe). And what I said was that a man can change his destiny up unto the point of death (that is he can accept the salvation of Jesus in his dying moments, but after...no).
As far as Romans 8 and 1 Peter, this is communication to those who have chosen to accept Christ. At the time, my friend, not everyone knew Jesus. But those that did and accepted His gift were chosen. Remember, this was written at a time when few were selected to have known Jesus. It was a fledgling "faith", and much depended upon the few to make or break that new faith. These were also paramount in continuing the new faith "many are called, few are chosen".
They had to have the "perfect" people to launch this new faith. These "letters" are not to people at large (back then), but to the hopeful new recruits of the time to keep the faith going.
I am not saying their messages do not apply today (perhaps they apply even more so today), but they were originally written for the frightened hopefuls of the day.
The "revolution" of Christianity 2000 years ago, got its start as shakey as the "revolution" of the United States 230 years ago...
There had to be much encouragement by the "heroes" and "patriots" of the times. Paul was such an hero...