Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21 do not teach Total Depravity

Noah delivered from the flood

Though Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21 are popular verses used to defend Total Depravity, they in fact offer a choice to humans whether to sin or obey God. Genesis 6–8 is a text which warns the reader that if they form the thoughts of their hearts after evil, only death and destruction will result. If, however, like Noah, they form their thoughts after righteousness and godliness, they will find grace in the eyes of the Lord, and He will guide them, protect them, and even deliver them

Are people “Only Evil Continually”? Calvinism and Genesis 6:5

the flood and total depravity

Two key texts for the Calvinistic teaching on Total Depravity are Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21. Both verses state that all the intents, thoughts, and imaginations of mankind are only evil continually. But do these texts really teach the Calvinistic idea of Total Depravity?

Dead in Sin – A Favorite Calvinistic Analogy

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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?

Do humans have a free will? Calvinism says “No!”

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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?

Total Depravity as Total Inability

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When most Calvinists speak of Total Depravity what they really have in mind is something they call Total Inability. This is an idea I am not comfortable with and believe is not taught in Scripture.