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"Hypothetical: An evil woman tortures her infant son to death. In what way is God in "absolute control" of this event? This is not some kind of "gotcha" thing. I'm really curious about what you mean." In what way is God "not" in control? He allows it... He knew before the creation of all that this would happen... And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
I would submit... that if God is not in complete control of His elect for salvation... then why do we, as believers, pray for the salvation of our loved ones? Any other reason leads to a dead end. It is because God is the one that changes hearts... otherwise our prayers for our loved ones are useless... if it is simply up to us to choose.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2015 on Christians, You Will Suffer at Stand to Reason Blog
swolf... God is sovereign and in control. Our free will is dictated by our very natures. We are not good apart from God. We cannot come to God apart from God changing our hearts. This is all in Scripture. She is not an atheist because of her rape (sorry about that occurrence in her life). There are many rape victims who are believers. Example: When given the choice to eat hamburger or sushi... I will always choose hamburger. I cannot stand raw fish and will not eat it without gagging. I have "free" will to choose the sushi, but I never will. My choice is dictated by my nature. One day somebody convinces me to try sushi... Oh the joy... the greatest thing I have ever ate!!! Hamburgers pale in comparison! I will never choose to eat hamburgers over sushi again! My life has been changed! My tastes are new! The old man is dead! This is what it is like when God changes your heart. You start to hate sin and love the things of God... which you could not do in your previous state... despite the illusion of libertarian free will. Sure, we all have free will... which is held captive by our hearts.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2015 on Christians, You Will Suffer at Stand to Reason Blog
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