I’ve decided to spend some time writing extremely short explanations about why I am an evangelical Protestant Christian instead of anything else.
I have two aims.
First, I want show how an honest person can evaluate rival religions using the laws of logic, scientific evidence and historical evidence. Second, I want people who are not religious to understand that religions are either true or it is false. Religions should not be chosen based where you were born, what your parents believed, or what resonates with you. A religion should be embraced for the same reason as the theory of gravity is embraced: because it reflects the way the world really is.
Why I am not a Calvinist
- Calvinism requires the doctrines total depravity, unconditional election and irresistible grace.
- Humans cannot choose to love God unless God “regenerates” them first.
- God alone decides whether he will regenerate each person.
- Regeneration is not conditional on anything that a person does.
- People are not responsible for whether God chooses to regenerate them.
- If God does not regenerate a person, then they go to Hell for eternity.
- God arbitrarily and unilaterally regenerates some people but not others.
- Therefore, God creates and pre-destines some people to Hell.
For reference, check out the TULIP formulation of Calvinism.
I am not saying that Calvinism is necessarily WRONG, I am just explaining why I am not a Calvinist. Calvinists are typically incredibly smart people, and many of them are at the forefront of evangelism and apologetics. I am not saying that Calvinists are bad people, just that I have a reason for not being one. I hope that my Calvinist readers will not be too angry with me for disagreeing with them on theology. I will try not to test your patience too often like this.