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Why do we struggle with the Doctrine of Predestination?

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as his legal heirs through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will— to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son.

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“It is not, I say, by any new revelation that the Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over again; he brings a fresh lamp to manifest the treasures hidden in Scripture; he unlocks the strong chests in which the truth has long lain, and he points to secret chamber filled with untold riches; but he coins no more, for enough is done. Believer! there is enough in the Bible for thee to live upon forever. If thou shouldst outnumber the years of Methuselah, there would be no need for a fresh revelation; if thou shouldst live till Christ should come upon the earth, there would be no need for the addition of a single word; if thou shouldst go down as deep as Jonah, or even descend as David said he did into the belly of hell, still there would be enough in the Bible to comfort thee without a supplementary sentence.” - Spurgeon

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If we are to say that anyone is free to accept or reject God, then we carry with that an assumption that human beings have within them the ability to make such a choice and we further presume that some human beings will make that choice. I have no problem asserting that human beings have free will in that they make choices each and every day- even unregenerate man can make the choice to do some good thing on any given day. In the end, I think the question that needs to be asked is, would a human being who is in bondage to sin have the desire to choose God? In my analysis and the description of fallen man in Scripture, I don’t think so. How prevenient grace is applied to mankind (whether conceived from a Wesleyan or Calvinistic model) is, to me, still a mystery; but I think the Bible is clear that it is the work of God and not man.

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“Faith is not a conclusion you reach…it is a journey you live.” A.W. Tozer

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“Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained that the best evangelistic strategy is to capture people with the beautiful, then enchant them with the good, and then lead them to the true.” — Robert Barron

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