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Theological in nature

  1. The "Pleasure" of Reprobation.

    John Calvin, Institutes, III, xxi, 7

    We say, then that Scripture clearly proves this much, that God by his eternal and immutable counsel determined once for all those whom it was his pleasure one day to admit to salvation and those whom, on the other hand, it was his pleasure to doom to destruction. We maintain that his counsel as regards the elect is founded on his free mercy, without any respect to human worth, while those he dooms to destruction are excluded from access to life

    Updated May 5th 2017 at 11:40 PM by IMINXTC

  2. Infant Baptism and Circumcision per Calvin

    In this exerpt from Institutes, John Calvin calls into mind his sacramentalism and RCC heritage.

    We have...a spiritual promise given to the fathers in circumcision, similar to that which is given to us in baptism...the forgiveness of sins and the mortification of the flesh...baptism representing to us the very thing which circumcision signified to the Jews...
    Boys only, HaHa

    To the contrary, baptism belongs to the new covenant and is upon confession ...

    Updated May 5th 2017 at 12:47 AM by IMINXTC

  3. ?Regeneration? Preceeds Faith???

    Nowhere in the Bible is it taught or even insinuated that sinful man, without first being regenerated, is incapable of repenting of his sins, turning to God, and believing the Gospel to the saving of his soul.

    Those under the Augustinian/Calvinistic spell, are free, of course, to post passages of scripture supporting their view. Debate can proceed on the open board. Here, the focus is the scriptures.

    Scripturally, faith precedes salvation and is in fact an essential ...

    Updated Apr 10th 2017 at 03:19 AM by IMINXTC

  4. Old Testament study

    There is a lot I don't understand about the Old Testament.

    As time has gone by, this has been bothering me more and more.

    Many of my preconceptions are being overturned more and more.

    More on this later...
  5. Was the Jubilee Year an Ancient Calendar Formula?

    There has been debate among biblical scholars concerning the Jubilee year inaugurated after Israelís release from Egypt. It appears to be the last year in a cycle of fifty, hence our popular anniversary events which are celebrated every fifty years. However, a significant minority of authorities disagree with the said length of time. They point out that Jubilee was part of a broader sabbatical system, necessarily divisible by seven. Judah the Prince, a second century rabbi and chief editor of ...

    Updated Jan 2nd 2017 at 05:04 PM by Cyberseeker

    Theology , Teaching , Special Interest