Reformed Theology – Unconditional Election (Part 3 of 6)

22 05 2008

It has been said that all of Reformed theology can be summed up in 3 words. Redemption precedes faith. Its a profound statement when think about it. For a long time I was taught to make sure I was walking in faith in my Christian walk, the emphasis always being on my ability to have faith in God.
It wasn’t until recently (ok I mean at least a year or 2 ago) that I began to see this as counter to what the bible taught. If salvation depended on my ability to have faith then what hope did I have? Were my doubts about God an example of a lack of faith? What was all that stuff about predestination?  I was perplexed to say the least, but it motivated me to study more. To search the scriptures to see if what I had been taught was true.

The doctrine of unconditional election is a controversial one, like the rest of the doctrines of Reformed Theology. However that does not mean we should sideline it or ignore it because it causes offense. A good starting point to understand this is Voltaire, the great philosopher, who once said (and again I’m paraphrasing here)

“God has made man in his image, and since the beggining of time man has been trying to return the compliment…”

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