My point in this whole thread is why should it matter to us the doctrine of predestination? Why is Silas so bent on presenting this issue?
If we do the will of the Lord, preach the gospel to every creature, and love others as ourselves, live according to His Word, implore people to repent and believe the Gospel, how does our knowledge of predestination, whether true or not, even need to affect our life in the Lord? We are still commanded to do these things regardless. It seems to me that it is pointless to go on rambling back and forth on this issue. it is a vain arguement because obviously lines in the sand are drawn and the two camps will never agree with the issue.
Quite frankly, the thought that God preordains some to go to hell is abhorant to me. If I cannot believe in a gracious God, who is fair to everyone, then how can that be a God of Love. No sir, we all have a choice, we are all without excuse (Romans 1). The knowledge of God is implanted in our conscience and is proclaimed in creation. It is up to us to respond, or not to respond, to that call.
I'm done with this topic. I do not see any benefit in further discussion, in this post or any other simliar post, whatsoever. Our's is not to know the reason why, but to do. So G'day!
As C.S. Lewis once said, "Hell is locked from the inside." He also went on to say that "there are only two kinds of people. Those who say to God 'thou will be done' and those God says to, in the end, 'thou will be done." What does this mean, Dondi? It means that God does not send anyone to hell that wants Him. Everyone that seeks, finds abd everyone that knocks, has the door open. <admin edit, -jt3> The doctrines of election and predestination are in the Bible for the Christian. There are many wonderful fruits and ramifications that will occure for those who understand it. I would tell you, but I dont you will understand. Its almost like the Matrix, I think. To understand it, you have to see it for yourself. And, God himself has to reveal it. It is not something we could ever believe without His grace and teaching. My advice to you though, as a Christian who love the family of Christ, is to study these doctrines before you make your judgement. Do not speak against it if you do not understand it because that would not be fair. Be a berean and study to see if these things are true. "It is the glory of God to hid a matter and the of a king to seek out a matter." - Proverb 25:2
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