As I continue my series on Calvinism, it is important to state what I believe about free will. Here is my best attempt at explaining my beliefs on this controversial and difficult subject. What are your beliefs about free will? Does it exist? Is it a myth? What do you think, and why?
Can the unbeliever understand the things of God? Using 1 Corinthians 2:14, many say no. But this study of 1 Corinthians 2:14 reveals something else. 1 Corinthians 2:14 is not about an unbeliever’s inability to understand the things of God, but about the incapacity of reason and emotions to understand the things of God on their own. When properly paired with the Spirit, the soul, or mind, of a person can grasp and understand spiritual truth.
The Bible teaches that humans consist of three parts: the body, the soul, and the spirit. This helps us understand what happened in the fall, how sin occurs in our lives, what God does through regeneration, and why we are still awaiting glorification.
When talking about Total Depravity, total inability, and the bondage of the will, it is quite popular among Calvinists to talk about mankind being dead in sin. Have you encountered this before? Do you think that when the Bible talks about being dead in sin, it refers to the total inability of humankind?
Most Calvinists teach that humans do not have free will. Or if we do, our free will is only free to sin until God regenerates us. What are your thoughts on free will? Does it exist? Does it not? If it does, how can we have free will and God remain sovereign? If free will does not exist, how can we avoid the charge of fatalism or determinism?
The Bible is uniquely human because the Bible accurately reveals to us what is in the heart of man. God knows what is in the heart of men (Jer 17:10; 1 Cor 2:11), and He reveals it to us through Scripture. It is my conviction that Scripture does not so much reveal God to us as it reveals us to us. Scripture is a mirror which God puts up to our own hearts to reveal what is in man (Jas 1:23).
Christians can be tree huggers in the sense that we want to protect the environment God made. But we must not let this slide into idolatry of creation. First and foremost, we will be God lovers and people huggers who recognize that tending creation is one way to love both God and other people.