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Passages from the Bible I am having trouble understanding

Ephesians 1 – Double Predestination

I simply don’t find the idea that God did not choose an non-Elect who from Creation were predestined to hell without recourse – double predestination. From Wiki – Calvinistic predestination is sometimes referred to as “double predestination.” This is the view that God chose who would go to heaven, and who to hell, and that his decision is infallibly to come to pass. This point of view simultaneously denies that God is the Author of Evil, but the issue is a very difficult point of the doctrine of predestination. The difference between elect and reprobate is not in themselves, all being equally unworthy, but in God’s sovereign decision to show mercy to some, to save some and not others. It is called double predestination because...

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The Fruit Inspector – Luke 13:1-9

Luke 13:1-5 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:6-9 And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. 7...

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Substitutionary Atonement to Penal Substitution

Penal Substitution is actually a particular form of Substitutionary Atonement. I do not believe Penal Substitution to be Biblical. Penal substitution is a sort of tit for tat type of punishment. If I got 15 years for involuntary homicide, my stand in would have to sit in for the entire 15 year sentence to atone for my sentence as a substitute. On their Penal Substitution page Monergism.com quotes Thomas Schreiner saying, “The punishment and penalty we deserved was laid on Jesus Christ instead of us”.  So Jesus bore the punishment we deserved for God’s righteous demand of judgment on sinners. Calvinism and by doctrine Arminianism hold that Jesus only atones for the Elect. Calvinism most often holds to penal substitution. Arminianism should hold...

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Doctrine, the Bible and Time

I. Time and the Bible The Bible throughout is written with a human regard to time except for prophecy and a few mentions of future plan. This is not applying an attribute to God. This is saying how the writers of the Bible relate to God with regard to time. Calvinism takes a very different approach. God, being all knowledgeable, knows all past, present and future perfectly. Call it the omni view. Then Calvinism takes this attribute and applies it to every verse of the entire Bible. The apostles and writers of the Bible are speaking past the Calvinists. They write with a human regard to time. The Calvinist reads with an omni view of time. And neither the twain shall meet. Jeremiah 18:8 if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent...

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