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    A Dozen Objections to Divine Election

    Perhaps you can relate to this – Divine election does indeed seem to be clearly taught in the Bible. Passages such as Romans 8 and 9, Ephesians 1 and 2, John 3, John 6, John 10, John 17, and many others, make a convincing case. However, certain verses, at least at first glance, seem to present a different picture.

    Over time I have sought to deal with some of the most frequently cited verses that are raised as objections to God's Sovereignty in election (the “what about?” verses, as I call them) trusting that this can be a helpful resource.

    “WHAT ABOUT?” VERSES:

    John 3:16

    2 Peter 3:9

    1 Tim 2:4

    Matt 23:37

    1 Tim 4:10

    1 John 2:2

    John 12:32

    2 Peter 2:1

    “WHAT ABOUT” CONCEPTS:

    How can divine election be true if God is not a respecter of persons?

    Does God create people knowing they will end up in hell?

    If Divine election is true, why should we even bother to evangelize?

    The ten different uses of the word “world” in John’s Gospel

    Another question that often arises is “how can God be just in requiring man to do what he is unable to do?”

    I hope the answers I have provided can be a useful resource to you (found here). - JS

    Posted by John Samson on October 16, 2011 01:38 AM

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