My challenge is simple, in fact, probably the simplest. There are many words used in Scripture and in our daily talk that necessitate human beings possess freewill. Let us take a few sample words that are theological necessities, regular words like love, forgiveness, believe, receive, doubt, etc. Anything related to the Christian faith requires the use of these words, yet each of them is wholly meaningless without human freewill. Take for example “believe.” What does it mean in Scripture when a person is encouraged to believe the gospel? If the person is not a free-agent (in the sense of possessing freewill) what does it mean to implore them to believe? It would be like telling a plastic doll to consider its favorite poem.
I’m asking a very elementary question related to language and logic. If a term is wholly illogical in its philosophical context, as in our example above, it should be discarded. For instance, there is no need to argue theologically how many miles are in purple. If the terms used in Reformed theology do not have a workable context in its general religious worldview they should be discarded.
Can the cosmic determinism inherent in Calvinism pass this simple language test?
I am truly in doubt that it can without becoming self-defeating, but I’m willing to hear out any articulate T.U.L.I.P enthusiast on the matter.
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