Why Every Christian (Ultimately) Believes in Election
The idea that God chooses or “elects” people is taught in many Scriptures (Rom 8:29-30; Eph 1:4; 2 Thes 2:13; 1 Pet 1:2). People struggle with this concept. Doesn't that make the whole thing unfair? Isn't it unjust to choose people for salvation? Surely salvation is then all a stacked-deck, with people nothing more than robots, with no freedom of choice. With these doubts, some people throw out the idea of election altogether, saying it is unbiblical. “God could not love everyone and only choose some”, they say. Some even claim that election is a doctrine invented by faulty humanistic reason, attempting to apply logic to what cannot be understood by reason, resulting in absurd claims. One such claim suggests it was Renaissance humanism that created the doctrine of election. (I don't know what such people would say about the strongly predestinarian Essenes, who pre-dated the Renaissance by at least [more]
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