"The Calvinist says that God’s predestination has no founding in the predestined in any sense. God did not choose people based on any merit, intrinsic or foreseen. This is called unconditional predestination because there are no conditions in man that need to be met. It does not mean that God did not have any reason for choosing some and not others, but that the reason is not found in us.Michael brought a real interesting argument to the table. It is a good read and I suggest you take a look for yourself.
The Arminian says that God’s predestination has a founding in the faith of the predestined. In other words, God looks ahead in time and discovers who will believe and who will not and chooses people based on their prior free-will choice of him."
Scripture teaches both of God's Sovereignty and Man's responsibility. The Arminians found a solution to the conflict. Calvinists are left wanting more.
"To the Calvinists, man is fully responsible for his choice, yet God’s election is unconditional. Therefore, there is a tension that is created between human responsibility and God’s election."
Man may not know how to understand how it works. The balance and tension of man's responsibility and God's unconditional election...it is amazing to think about. It is amazing how God lets it all happen but yet is in control either way. It is great stuff.
This post really was great for me because of my stance on unconditional election and predestination. The more I study it the more I feel like I have no idea what I am talking about. But I do not feel satisfied with the extreme arguments of the two sides, in the false dichotomy of Calvinism and Arminianism.
It was refreshing to see others alongside of Michael in the comments section of his post reflecting on it and realizing that there is a tension and mystery to some issues like this topic. And there is a balance to the arguments. And that the truth is ultimately in God's hands.
Well anyways, thanks Michael for getting me exciting about theology again. This is one of the main reasons I love studying it...some of these things that I cannot get my brain around are fun to think about. The tension and mystery is like an adrenaline rush and a puzzle to piece all at the same time.