EPHESIANS 1:4: Being “Chosen” raises the question of election or predestination. “Before the foundation of the world” means what? Are some chosen (predestined) to eternal salvation and others to eternal condemnation? Foreknowledge, predestination, foreordained, being chosen and more are explained.
Find biblical answers to such questions as Is God responsible for everything? Why is life so unfair? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why Does God allow the strong and powerful to oppress the weak? Why has God permitted wickedness and suffering? Why would an all-powerful, all-loving, righteous God order the Israelites to slaughter men, women, and children? How could Satan, Adam, and Eve have sinned if they were perfect? Does God tempt us? Does God step in and solve our problems if we are faithful? Are there such things as absolutes? (If I do A, will I absolutely get B?) Is foreknowledge compatible with free will? Do you have a guardian angel?
The Christians in Thessalonica were urged to adhere to what they had been taught. This passage can furnish no authority for holding the teachings which have come down from church leaders. No one should ever refer to themselves as a Calvinist, an Arminian, a Lutheran, a Wesleyan, and so on. You're either a Christian or you are not.
One member of an apologetic Facebook group expressed his inability to understand the often stated, "if God allows man to choose ... that means man's will is stronger." The reason you do not understand it is that it's nonsensical. This is the way of Calvinism and the once saved always saved, eternal security, predestined lost... Continue Reading →
How do Predestination and Foreknowledge Differ? First, we will offer how the secular sources would define the words, which is really what the populace believes. Second, we will see what the Scriptures say about the original language words and how they are to be understood as to groups (e.g., the Israelites) and individuals (e.g., Samson, Jeremiah,... Continue Reading →
“Foreknowledge” translates the Greek prognōsis (from pro, before, and gnosis, knowledge). (Ac 2:23; 1 Pet 1:2) It means that God knows something before it happens, or that he has given the knowledge of this to a prophet, who now knows as well. The related Greek verb proginōskō is used two times with regard to humans. (Ac 26:4-5; 2 Pet. 3:17)