The concept of God's sovereignty refers to his absolute control and authority over all things. It suggests that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe and that he has the power to do whatever he pleases. Some people believe that this concept of sovereignty is incompatible with the idea of human free will, as it suggests that God has predetermined everything that will happen and that human beings have no real choice in the matter.
Does Hebrews 6:4-6 Describe True Christians, Who Apostatize (Arminians), or Those Who Are Awakened and Enlightened, Then Fall Back (Calvinists)?
Eternal security, also known as "once saved, always saved," is the belief that from the moment anyone becomes a Christian, they will be saved and will not lose salvation. Once a person is truly "born of God" or "regenerated" by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, nothing in heaven or earth "shall be able to separate (them) from the love of God" (Romans 8:39), and thus nothing can reverse the condition of having become a Christian. Is this true? Hebrews 6:4-6 is a major proof text either way.
Does God Foreknowing That Judas Iscariot Will betray Jesus, Predestine Him, or coerce Him to act Against His Free Will?
Foreknowledge is the concept of knowledge regarding future events. The Problem: If God knows, then He knows everything. So then, God would know what will happen tomorrow, next year, or one thousand years from now. Furthermore, an omniscient being is never wrong. Therefore, it seems that it would follow that whatever God knows will happen in the future will happen in the future. Below we will unravel this supposed problem.
EPHESIANS 1:4: How is it that Adam and Eve were blamed for their actions before the foundation of the world?
How is it that Adam and Eve were blamed for their actions before the foundation of the world (predestination) when they had not been created yet? Doesn’t that violate God’s principle of justice?
EPHESIANS 1:4: Are some chosen (predestined) to eternal salvation, and others to eternal condemnation?
Are some chosen (predestined) to eternal salvation and others to eternal condemnation? The 16th-century Reformer John Calvin wrote: “We define predestination as the eternal design of God, whereby he determined what he wanted to do with each man. For he did not create them all in the same condition but foreordains some to everlasting life and others to eternal damnation.”
JOHN CALVIN: The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
What exactly is the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree? Fruit of the poisonous tree is a legal metaphor in the United States used to describe evidence that is obtained illegally. The logic of the terminology is that if the source of the evidence or evidence itself is tainted, then anything gained from it is tainted... Continue Reading →
Is God’s Foreknowledge Compatible with Free Will?
How is it that Adam and Eve were blamed for their actions before the foundation of the world? Does God foreknowing that Judas Iscariot will betray Jesus, predestine him, or coerce him to act against his free will? Are some chosen (predestined) to eternal salvation and others to eternal condemnation? Does God really ordain each of us individually ahead of time as to what our actions and final destiny will be? What does the Bible really teach?