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Old 03-29-2008, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by jerry View Post
Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
This is another Calvinism-destroying verse. People keep saying there are "paradoxes" about predestination in the Bible. There are none. Calvin was wrong and so was Arminius. The above verse clearly explains the sequence of events with a hardening heart. God offers to all, but when people reject, they are given over to their reprobate mind, as is explained in Romans 1:28. "While he may be found." What does that mean in a Calvinist system where God can never be found? It's yet another verse, like Revelation 22:17, that Calvinism makes void and meaningless.

This was the turning point for me away from Calvinism. I got tired of trying to explain away invitations by God to obey and freely come. Calvinism makes those invitations utterly meaningless and totally disingenuous. We're supposed to believe the words of God, not pretend they have no meaning.