It's been a while since I looked at the "schedule" for the week (at one time I posted a loose daily routine of what I might post for each day of the week, thinking it might keep me posting).
Sundays were for "Reformed Theology". I know, because it pops up on the planner software.
I think that (depending on who a Reformed-type person is talking to), it might be a toss up between whether "Sola Scriptura" or "Unconditional Election" is the most difficult Reformed doctrine. Today, I'm thinking "election".
The first question: Does God have the RIGHT to decide how salvation "happens"?
That question doesn't necessarily mean that God has elected election - it just asks if He has the right to do so if He wants to.
Most people would say, "Of course. God is God. He gets to pick the "how".
What are the options (and I'm sure I'll miss some)
- free will (God makes the offer, but a person's salvation depends on them choosing to be saved
- election (God makes the offer
- baptismal regeneration (baptism saves the infant, but they may or may not end up "saved" later in life.)
- works based salvation (generally not Christian denominations, although some Christians believe that a person gets salvation by faith and keeps it by works)
No matter which "method" God uses, do you think that God had the right to choose that one?
Most people (being convinced of their personal belief) would say "yes...God gets to pick the "how" (and I believe the one that He picked."
"All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, "What have you done?" (Daniel 4:35)