Calvinism is a doctrine that evolved from John Calvin’s work in the Reformation. A most important part of that teaching is the idea that Christ died only for the elect- those chosen by God even before creation to be saved while the rest are left to their deserved punishment in hell.
That might seem reasonable for a beneficent dictator and demiurge. But that is not the loving action of the intimate and involved God who so loved ‘the world’ that he gave his only Son to die to remove the barrier of sin from creation.
See, the Calvinist types don’t ever want to contemplate that Christ wasted a single drop of blood or iota of atonement.
So let’s go to the video. 1John 2:2
Christ is the one whose death removes our sin and not ours only but the sin of the world. Or as the Message version has it, “When Christ served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good- not only ours, but the whole world’s.
The Calvinists believe, and I do as well, that if Christ literally removed, pays for and atones for any sin, then the Grace of God is operative in that person and wherever grace is operative, faith, at some level is established. So indeed the whole world has been effectively changed to be able to trust that God both exists and loves his whole creation.
John 1:29 ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.’
Christ, before he died, said that when he would be crucified he would draw all people to himself. (See John 12).
Now I realize that there are verses in the Bible that would indicate other than what I have just written. Let’s read all of them and get the grand picture. The panorama of God’s grace is such that I believe God will find a way to bring all creation back to himself. And it will be done with justice and above all with love.
So if you are reading this and have been somewhat unconscious to this reality, please let your heart and mind be awakened to what the love of God means for you.
That is another taste of what some call Christian Universalism.
3 thoughts on “ONLY SOME ARE ELECT? I DON’T THINK SO.”
I believe there is a means (something we have to do) to receiving God’s grace. Faith first, along with works. Works being the obedience God expects of us, in the ways His disciples have taught us, the Church. I also believe God will do his best, over time, to bring all to Salvation, but I do not believe all of Creation will be saved.
Hi Liza. Yes indeed. Works are always part of any love we have with God. But knowing we sin we have to know God’s love recognizes the son or daughter always in all of us. I am not sure what you meant when you write God will do his best………but not all will be saved. Please say it in other words for me. Thanks
I believe that before Christ returns…….there will be much suffering in order to bring God’s people to Him. I am only touching on a small part of the book of Revelation and make no claims to fully understand it (or the rest of the Bible for that matter!) . I do trust the the atoning work of Jesus and the grace that pours out with it is received through the Word in our hearts, as well as our deeds. Or the Elect, if you will. God Bless you always George.