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You stated: "If this is so, then we do we not all believe the same truth?" Would you please translate that question so I understand? There are some added words in the sentence that confuse me.
Of John 16:13, Ellicott's commentary states:
He is called the Spirit of Truth, because...
That is incorrect regarding reformed doctrine taught by Luther, Knox and Calvin. It was taught long before that by St Augustine. Take a read of his understanding of predestination/election. See...
That was not Paul's recommendation. He stated what Christians ought to do with all Bible scholars and teachers: "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if...
You stated: "I would say God decrees everything and that is how He knows how people will respond. There is no other way to know what we call the future unless something predestines (predetermines) it."
Now you've moved the goal posts to, "it is a given the God allows evil to exist." God...
Rom 5:12 (NIV): "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned --" The NLT gives a clarifying translation, "When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death...
There are too many exegetical details to uncover in Titus 2:11 for this one post. I've pursued that work in: How to interpret ‘appeared’ in Titus 2:11.
God's grace is extended to all people so that when they hear the Gospel it is possible to be saved. It also covers the salvific benefits for...
Deuteronomy 9:7-8 (NIV) disagrees: "7 Remember this and never forget how you [Israelites] aroused the anger of the Lord your God in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the Lord. 8 At Horeb you aroused the Lord’s wrath so that he...
I find that to be a dangerous and irrational position. If God decrees everything, then he decrees rape, slaughter of unborn infants, Hitler's Holocaust, and the ISIS terrorism that saw the martyrdom of many Christians in Mosul, Iraq.
Did God decree the Covid-19 worldwide disease?
That is not...
So you believe in unconditional election?
The Bible bases election on God's foreknowledge (Rom 8:28-30; 1 Pet 1:1-2). We need to differentiate between God’s foreknowledge and His randomly determining all things and the distinction between God’s efficient and permissive decrees.
Where can I find evidence of human macro-evolution?
This article shows how scientists believe it worked:
Available at: https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/macroevolution-examples-from-the-primate-world-96679683/
You can't take these verses in isolation from the rest of Scripture, especially in John's Gospel. It is true that all who are given to Jesus by the Father will come to Him. He will not lose any of them.
The big issue is: On what basis are people given to Jesus and they come to Him? John...
Rom 5:12 (NIV) clarifies this issue: "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned."
Adam's sin meant death for "all people" and not for each person. Adam's sin led to all people...
Seems to me you're engaging in eisegesis by including "I can imagine.... He makes it possible.... I don't think this means that He actively seeks to draw all men to Him."
You have added to what the verse states.
That wasn't my point. The verse was directed specifically to the Israelites in a particular situation. To make it apply to any country is reefing it out of context and making it say what it was not meant to say.
I agree about the humility, praying and seeking God's face. It has general application but is not an interpretation in context.
We in Australia or Italy are not guaranteed what Joshua promised his people that God would hear their prayers, forgive their sins, and heal Australia and Italy.
Isn't the free gift of God eternal life (Rom 6:23)? That is, God saves and at that time we are born again, our eyes are opened, and we are justified by grace through faith?
Eph 2:8-9 confirm God gives us faith.
I agree with your point that beginning to seek after God as the final...