The Calvinistic, Westminster Confession of Faith, states: “III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life; and others foreordained to everlasting death.” Additionally, it states: “VII. The rest of mankind, God was pleased, according to the unreachable counsel of his own will, whereby he extendeth or withholdeth mercy, as he pleaseth, for the glory of his sovereign power over his creatures, to pass by; and to ordain them to dishonor and wrath for their sin, to the praise of his glorious justice.” (Westminster Confession of Faith, III. Of God’s Eternal Decree, emphasis mine) [http://www.examiningcalvinism.com/]
Substitute "God" with nature, environment, etc., then scrap away the false veil of "love" etc., and you have a statement which could have been shared by William Provine, the champion of the atheism and Evolutionism:
"........Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear -- and these are basically Darwin's views. There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That's the end of me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either. What an unintelligible idea............[So open the jail and let free the guys of Al Qaeda & ISIS]
Life may have no ultimate meaning, but I sure think it can have lots of proximate meaning. Free will is not hard to give up, because it's a horribly destructive idea to our society. Free will is what we use as an excuse to treat people like pieces of crap when they do something wrong in our society. We say to the person, "you did something wrong out of your free will, and therefore we have the justification for revenge all over your behind." We put people in prison, turning them into lousier individuals than they ever were. This horrible system is based upon this idea of free will.
Calvinist Predestination is a way to deny God meanwhile at the same time you praise Him. Because the word of God in the Calvinistic system is absolutely useless with the humans; therefore it like He doesn't exist. Predestination is the point of contact between atheism and Calvinism.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Isaiah the free-willer