Providence, Predestination and Free Will

What Does God Love About Humans? (podcast)

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Dan Kent and Curtis Holtzen discuss a God who trusts people, and the profound implications of God’s love for each of us. Watch the FULL interview on Patreon. Curtis’s new book: The God Who Trusts…

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The Logical Hexagon Made Simple

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by: Greg Boyd The Hexagaon in a Nutshell For those of you who don’t have the twenty to thirty minutes it will probably take to read this essay but who nevertheless would like to have…

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If salvation depends on our free choice, how are we saved totally by grace?

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Question: I’m an Arminian-turned-Calvinist, and the thing that turned me was the realization that if salvation hinges on whether individuals choose to be saved or not, as Arminians and Open Theists believe, then we can’t…

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How do you respond to Ephesians 1:4-5?

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Question: Ephesians 1 refers to believers as predestined before the foundation of the world. How do you reconcile this with your view that free actions of people (like choosing to believe in Christ) can’t be…

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Three Arguments Against Determinism

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There was an interesting article in the NY Times yesterday by John Tierney entitled “Do You Have Free Will? Yes, It’s The Only Choice.” The article reviews research that suggests that everybody intuitively believes people are…

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Free Will in the Bible

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Scripture portrays humans as having minds and wills of their own. They are, in a real (though limited) sense, creators of their own behavior and determiners of their own destinies—whether this behavior and destiny is…

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The God of Wisdom: Romans 9, Part 5

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This week we have been looking at Romans 9. In this post, we will look at the sixth and final argument against the deterministic interpretation of this famous chapter. Argument #6: It’s About Wisdom, Not…

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God is Flexible: Romans 9, Part 4

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As we continue this series on Romans 9, [Here’s the link to the first post in the series.] today we will look at the famous potter/clay analogy. Most tend to interpret the potter and clay image…

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Paul Teaches Free Will, Not Determinism: Romans 9, Part 3

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In this series of posts, I am challenging the deterministic reading of Romans 9, which interprets Paul’s teaching as saying that God chooses some to be saved and others to be damned. There are six arguments…

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Paul Was Not Writing about Personal Salvation: Romans 9, Part 2

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In yesterday’s post, I summarized the deterministic interpretation of Romans 9 and offered the first argument against it. In this post I offer the second and third of six arguments that reveal that there is something…

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Rethinking Election: Romans 9, Part 1

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Many people believe that Romans 9 demonstrates that God has the right and power to save whichever individuals he wants to save and damn whichever individuals he wants to damn. I’ll call this the “deterministic”…

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Sinful Nature and Free Will

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Q: If our sinful nature is what causes us to sin/reject God, can we be held responsible for our sins, when this nature resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin? Do we really have the freedom…

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Does God Change His Mind?

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Classical theologians usually argue that texts that attribute change to God describe how he appears to us; they do not depict God as he really is. It looks like God changed his mind, but he…

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Is God All-Powerful?

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I want to answer yes and no. God is all-powerful in the sense that God originally possessed all power. Before Creation, God was the only being who existed, and thus had all the power there…

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Why Did God Allow Evil?

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Is it possible to force people to love? Powerful people may be able to force others to do just about anything. Through psychological or physical torture, they may succeed in forcing them to curse their…

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Does the Open View Undermine God’s Sovereignty?

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A common objection to the concept of a risk-taking God is that it seems to undermine God’s sovereignty. If any particular individual can opt out of God’s plan, then every individual could conceivably opt out…

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Isn’t the World Unsafe If God Doesn’t Control Everything?

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If God isn’t in control of everything, the world feels unsafe. If the future is open and if things can happen outside of God’s will, what guarantee is there that there is a point to…

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The Future is Not Like the Past For God (or Us)

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Image by seier+seier via Flickr Everyone agrees that we are not free to change the past. No sane person would claim, for example, that I can now make any free choices about whether John F. Kennedy will…

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Why Does God Need Prayer?

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Greg Loves Questions. In his best selling book Letters from a Skeptic, he responds to questions from his father, who was then an atheist. Tomorrow Greg will be hosting a AMA (Ask Me Anything) on…

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Is Suffering Part of God’s Secret Plan?

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In the Christian tradition since Augustine, the most common explanation for the apparent arbitrariness of life and God’s interaction with humanity has been God’s mysterious will—his “secret plan,” as Calvin says. Whether or not a…

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