Please refer to this post as a reminder that I’m not very smart.
Now, let’s talk about Calvinism.
(Sharpen your knives!)
The doctrine of ‘Total Depravity’ is secular ‘Determinism’ with a spiritual veneer.
Replace ‘The Cosmos’ with ‘God’ and you’re all set!
“Everything happens because of evolution. We cannot choose differently.”
“Everything happens because of God. We cannot choose differently.”
Both Calvinists and Determinists are uncomfortable right now.
Neither Calvinists nor Determinists can really argue with this point.
But fear not!
Using my woefully inadequate reasoning skills, I have cobbled together a pathetic explanation.
If you are a Determinist, become a Calvinist.
Or quit reading right now.
Calvinists, have you ever been mistreated by a dead person?
Has a dead guy ever offended you?
Ephesians 2 says (as you know):
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air”
How do dead people trespass, walk, or follow?
If we don’t get offended by dead people…
…why would God?
Obviously, we’re not talking about literal dead-ness.
Maybe ‘dead’ is a destination in this sense.
Maybe ‘following the course of this world’ will take us to a graveyard.
…which is where dead people belong.
But God ‘made us alive together with Christ’ who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’.
The gift of God is an alternative path than the one we must walk on our own.
Without Jesus, we are on the path to death.
It is our responsibility to follow the path to life.
Dead people are not responsible for anything.
When God ‘raised us up with Christ’ he gave us intellect and intuition…
…and free will.