Is Salvation Our Choice Or God’s?

Q. How can we reconcile the idea that people are chosen by God and have no ability to choose God with the idea of eternal punishment for not choosing God? Put another way, how can unbelievers be punished for something they are incapable of believing? Wouldn’t this be like destroying a robot designed to make cars because it has failed to bake you some cookies?

A. In my opinion this is the great Achilles heel of the predestination view. In order to accept it you have to believe that God created some of His children specifically to fuel the fires of hell. It’s totally inconsistent with His character, as well as being a contradiction of 2 Peter 3:9 which says the Lord doesn’t want that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance.

Both the Old Testament (Joel 2:32) and the New (Romans 10:13) say that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Are we to believe that God created some without the ability to do this, and then condemns them to eternal punishment because of that inability? I don’t buy it.

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