Well if you answer those questions with something like, "The role of preaching is to convince people to use their wills to obey the bible so that God will give them heaven," you have a works based gospel. I can’t think of any other reason that the will of man would be held up as the supreme device by which people come to God, except in a works based religion where people earn from God what they get from him.

If it has not yet started to become clear to you that the doctrine of election or predestination does not require a man in his unregenerate state to have desires for God, or even a willingness to seek God. But that God chooses or elects individuals not based on anything they can or will do. But through the preaching of the Gospel God takes hold of their hearts and gives them the desire they need to be willing to seek Him, causing them to be born again. Changing them into Christians. This is how I understand the free gift of salvation, which man’s will can not take any credit for, giving God all the glory. I hope this sheds some light on why it is puzzling to me that those who oppose predestination or election would do so armed as it were with the gospel of the free will, which to me is no gospel at all.

Now having said all that I said about the will, hopefully giving some food for thought on the subject, let us turn to the second issue mentioned as ground for why predestination just can not be so. Which is, if God elects all that go to Heaven, and all do not go to Heaven, then God defacto elects all that go to eternal punishment, which is completely contrary to the idea that God loves man infinitely more than anything else. And that God’s highest delight is in mankind. And that everything God does He does motivated first and solely by his desire that mankind is happy and healthy and prosperous. If these things are true, than any theology that makes God ultimately responsible for whether or not people go to heaven can not be representative of the truth.

First of all I need to say that I do believe that God is loving and his love for his children surpasses anything they can imagine. The issue here is, is God’s love toward mankind his primary motivation in all he does and wills to do? In other words does God value mankind above all other things? If he did then we could say that God does everything first and foremost with the benefit of mankind as a sole end. But to say that would go contrary to so much Christian theology. First of all if this were true about God, how could we get around the thought that God were an idolater? If God forbids us to have any other gods (idols) except him, and commands us to love and worship only him, or in other words to value him higher than we value anything else, how are we to understand that He values us more than He values himself?

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