by Ted Jones
Calvinism is a cruel and unloving
Arminianism is a proud and
Calvinism is cruel and unloving
because it claims that God allows beings to come into existence
that deserve to suffer endlessly, and will suffer
endlessly, except for a few that God will rescue from such a fate
by His irresistable grace.
Aminianism is proud and
self-righteous because it claims that only those who receive the
proper information, and act on it properly before
they die, will avoid suffering endlessly. They claim that God is
unable to successfully influence anyone's will, unless they let
The Calvinist's god allows millions
of beings to come into existence and either cannot, or will not, do
anything to stop them from suffering forever.
The Arminian's god lets us down just
when we need Him the most. our greatest need is a change in our
stubborn will. The Arminian god either cannot, or will not meet us,
on this, the level of our greatest need.
A profanity is an idea conceived by
our sinful hearts. Both Calvinism and Arminianism are profanities.
Against the black background of these profanities God will paint
the glorious masterpiece of universal transformation.
The truth of universal
transformation solves all of the irreconcilable differences between
Calvinism and Arminianism. It recognizes that our "free will" is
the freedom to choose only in the direction of the
strongest influence, and that God is in intimate sovereign
control over all influences.
Each person is being fitted into
God's master-plan in God's own special way for them. Each person
responds to their own unique set of "strongest influences." And
ultimately, when the time period of the ages has ended, God will
have transformed the consequences of everone's choices into
something glorifying to Himself, and beneficial to the
It is unavoidable that how we think
about God will affect our state of being. We tend to become like
the god we worship. The one who puts their faith in Calvinism,
tends to become cruel and unloving. The one who puts their faith in
Arminianism, tends to become proud and self-righteous. If a
Calvinist is not cruel and unloving, or, if an Arminian is not
proud and self-righteous, it is entirely due to the intervention of
God's undefeatable grace. God often operates through people in
spite of what they believe.
God's grace can only be resisted if
God wants to teach us lessons that could be learned no other way.
But ultimately, God's grace is undefeatable.
Both Calvinism and Arminianism are
built upon the false foundation of "endless hell." When this
foundation has been replaced, the differences between them become
The profanity of the doctrine of
"endless suffering in hell" is also part of the black background
upon which God will paint His glorious masterpiece. Without fail,
God will, in due time, transform all deceptions, delusions, and
false doctrines, into something better that they temporarily
prevailed than if they had not. And He will do this for everyone,