A Question and Dilemma for the Calvinist

Whether it’s school shootings, child abuse, rape or your own children disobeying you, the Calvinist will find himself to be in a real pickle. A major tenant of Calvinism, usually hidden from new initiates until they swallow the hook down further, is that for God to be extolled as sovereign, God must be the originating determiner of all things–including sin and evil. As such sovereignty is re-defined as a meticulous and exhaustive divine determination of every choice, every event and thus every influencing desire that gives rise to such choices and events.

But this leaves Calvinists in a real logical bind when it comes to questioning, judging or denouncing anything in this world as being truly morally wrong.  They may have a personal dissatisfaction with their own sin or the sin of others. But how to question it as being truly wrong? For what God has predestined has he not more or less condoned? Any true Calvinist who wants to distance himself from a particular societal evil and question its moral rightness must somehow annul himself from all logic that would throw the question back into his face and force him to answer why its logically right to question and abhor what God has allegedly divinely determined?

But to ask this of the Calvinist is to ask too much of them, which is why you will never get a straight-forward answer. Usually the move made is to punt to mystery. But to make mystery out of absurdity and heresy, especially when God’s character is at stake, may be the worst evil of all.  -Strider MTB

About StriderMTB

Hi, I'm Matt. "Strider" from Lord of the Rings is my favorite literary character of all time and for various reasons I write under the pseudonym "StriderMTB. As my blog suggests I seek to live out both the excitement and tension of a Christian walk with Christ in the 3rd world context of Asia. I started my blog as an unmarried man who was blessed to oversee an orphanage of amazing children in South-East Asia. As of 2022, I am a happily married man to an amazing missionary wife serving together on the mission field. I hate lima beans and love to pour milk over my ice-cream. I try to stay active in both reading and writing and this blog is a smattering of my many thoughts. I see the Kingdom of God as Jesus preached it and lived to be the only hope for a broken world and an apathetic church.
This entry was posted in Critiquing Calvinism and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s