KKK and other racists in the first half of the 1900’s: *hangs people, shoots people, ties people to carts and drags them around town until they die, sprays people with high-pressure firehoses, refuses to let people stand in certain places on the basis of their skin color, publicly whips and occasionally kidnaps people.*

Media today: *equates this with voting against same-sex marriage, refusing to pay for specific types of birth control for voluntarily employed individuals, and selling chicken sandwiches while being conservative*

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mikestoleyobike:

To start, let’s think of some horrible sin like… a child being brutally stabbed to death by a disgusting excuse for a human being. This scenario can be interpreted in multiple ways

  • Person A: God ordained it to happen for a purpose.
  • Person B: God knew it was going to…

Didn’t God ordain for Christ to be crucified?

but he didn’t force them to murder him? right? they chose to

I’m really neither here nor there. I’m either A or B but I’m not sure which. That’s my only reason to believe I might be A but the rest of my doctrine leans toward B. Just like God didn’t command that Adam sin but rather He allowed it.

BUT I don’t think God just “makes the most” out of what happens. So maybe he DOES ordain evil to happen as means for Him to be glorified?

but if God is good and he hates evil why would he cause evil to happen?

One could say the same about why God allows evil. Ultimately, what matters to Him is being glorified.

~define what you mean by the word ordained~

Day 112

After a week of disciplining the dog for the last incident, I determine to show it some mild affection again, only to have it once more pee at the slightest touch. I doubt I can give it a fourth chance. This may be the end.

mikestoleyobike

Anti-Calvinism 101

mikestoleyobike:

To start, let’s think of some horrible sin like… a child being brutally stabbed to death by a disgusting excuse for a human being. This scenario can be interpreted in multiple ways

  • Person A: God ordained it to happen for a purpose.
  • Person B: God knew it was going to happen through exhaustive foreknowledge, and allowed to happen
  • Person C: God did not know it was going to happen, but knew it was probable it was going to happen.
  • Person D: God did not know it was going to happen, and caught Him completely by surprise
  • Person E: Not only was it not known, but God is neither present nor powerful enough to stop it
  • Person F: God doesn’t exist and it just happened.

 Thus, the arguments would go as follows…

  • Person B charges the God of Person A of being cruel for ordaining such horrible act to take place
  • Person C charges the God of Person B of being cruel for knowing it would take place and allowing it to happen
  • Person D charges the God of Person C of being cruel for knowing it was probable to take place and allowing it
  • Person E charges the God of Person D of being cruel for being present during the act and being powerful enough to stop it, yet allows it to happen
  • Person F charges the God of Person E for their God not being a God at all

 Ultimately what happens is…

  • Person A fully upholds God’s Sovereignty, Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence.
  • Person B strips away God’s Sovereignty, but upholds Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence.
  • Person C & D strips away God’s Sovereignty, and Omniscience, but upholds Omnipotence & Omnipresence
  • Person E strips away all attributes
  • Person F realizes when all attributes are stripped away, it ceases to be God, and is but a man.

Notice how it basically goes from God to man? Well, this is exactly what happens when you apply the standards of man to God aka the standards of creature to Creator. God becomes man, Creator becomes creature. You see, as a man, if I was in the presence of a child being brutally stabbed to death and had the power to stop it, it would be wrong for me not to. If I knew it was going to happen but allowed it, it would be wrong for me to. If I planned for it to take place, I’d be just as cruel as the person doing the act.

The thing is, there’s two kinds of sin, those of commission and those of omission. A sin of commission is doing what is wrong. A sin of omission is not doing what you should be doing.

The vast majority of anti-Calvinistic thought makes this fatal mistake:

  1. They apply the standards of creature to Creator.
  2. They charge His ordination of all things including evil acts as being evil (commission).
  3. And therefore call Him evil.

All the while ignoring the fact, that by applying the standards of creature to Creator, they would ultimately condemn their own God as evil, due to His allowance of evil acts (omission).

Yet I uphold the idea of Creator being categorically different than creature and thus can ordain the worst sin ever to take place in history, aka the death of the only good man ever to exist (Acts 2:23). Meow

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