Calvinism reconciles the character of the God of the Bible
As a fundamentalist Christian, I was never a true Calvinist. However, I did flirt with Reform Theology as one of my steps in the de-converting process. I remember being totally captivated by the book “The Potter’s Freedom” by James R. White. Now I have come to the conclusion that the only Christian belief system that has any hope of being consistent in their view of God is Calvinism. Inconsistencies in the beliefs of Christianity was one of the primary reasons for my de-conversion journey. The majority of Christians are perfectly comfortable believing mutually exclusive concepts.
We’ve discussed Richard’s Dawkins’ discription of God which lines up with my conclusion and one of the catalysts for my de-conversion:
“Jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
However, this is not a problem for Calvinist. God has mercy on who he chooses to have mercy on (Romans 9:15) and can be a total prick to the rest of the world and still be classed as “loving, compassionate, and kind.” It’s quite interesting how that works. It was such a struggle for me to reconcile the God who caused disasters and ignored starving children but since those people were created for those purposes, it saves God from being unjust and unkind. Those were simply not the ones to whom he chose to show his compassion and kindness. Of course, the issue of genocidal-God vs. loving-God was not my only reason for my de-conversion journey.
For those Christians who are struggling with this view of God, maybe you should check out Calvinism if you have not done so already. It won’t answer all your questions but it’s a rational step on your journey.
- The de-Convert