Is election as it is taught Truth or a twisted concept of “truth”? I am elected chosen you are not, therefore you are doomed. God is no respecter of persons. He would that everyone be saved. How does that compute with free will and accountability versus predetermination and no choice?
1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men (humans, that would include LGBT or whatever community) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
If I am elected (chosen) and you are not chosen, then the Bible contains error, but you and I know that Truth cannot be fallible. If I am elected and you are not then the Bible is fallible, contradictory, etc unless — 1. Every human is elected and recorded in the book of life prior to the foundation of the world, but because we are free will agents, or able to chose God’s call or not, some (many) will chose to reject God, who= salvation= Jesus and thus he who rejects is blotted out of the book of life — And/Or 2. That only those who realize that this creator God exists and therefore will seek after “the truth” = (God= Jesus = salvation — all are synonymous with truth) and find Him, and thereby they are called the saved and the chosen/elected for eternal life.
Ephesians 1:4&5 …just as He chose us “in Him” before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,…
Doesn’t that say that we are predestined? That He chose us? Yes of course it says that, but it makes no sense that He chose us over others if He is no respecter of persons, and if we all have free will, and it makes no sense that we don’t have free will if He holds us accountable, and He does hold us accountable. So what is the answer?
I believe that both 1 & 2 are true and complimentary to election not contradictory of election. God if He would that every human be saved, which is a Scriptural concept, then He cannot leave any man behind in His election if He is no respecter of persons, which He is. If you believe otherwise then you believe there is fallibility within scripture.
In Romans 1, we are told that every man is accountable to believe in God just because there is a creation. In the Ephesians verse above it is stated that “in Him” we are chosen and predestined to eternal life. Outside of Him there is none of that promise for us humans. Paul says before we were in Him we were on the outside looking in on the covenants and promises of God. We were children of wrath. So tell me how could we individually have been chosen outside of Him before the foundation of the earth and yet have been a child of wrath? Only “In Him” do we have life eternal and have it abundantly. If you believe that God elected you to be saved apart from your own free will choice, and that He did that before the earth was even created then your bible is full of errors which contradict your concept of truth. Your truth is no different than those who believe that all humans will be saved in the end just because it says that Jesus paid the price for every man’s sin. If your doctrine is contradicted by other scripture it is not correct. It is not infallible. The Bible is infallible.
There are those who say that free will was lost when Adam Sinned, and that man could do nothing but disobey God thereafter. There may be some merit in that argument, but if man lost free will when he sinned; then surely he regained his free will when He was saved, if he was saved. Paul says work out your salvation in fear and trembling. Would he tell us this if it is not necessary for us to exercise some obedience to God when utilizing this free gift of salvation?
I believe that scripture is complimentary to to truth that God predestined all who in the end would be “in Him”, and He did this before the foundation of the earth. He even recorded those names in the book of life because as the all knowing God who knows the end from the beginning He could see who will be saved. This is done by Him to prove That He is all knowing, not to prove that He loves you and not me, or visa versa. John Calvin believed that God planned every event within the span of time in this age of man. That means every evil and sinful act. How could a God who hates sin do that? Just answer that one question for me please. And please don’t condemn the Abortion of babies, because God is the cause of these actions if all is God’s doing, even the words I am penning I have no control over if He is the cause of every persons action.