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If Scripture says everyone, how can we still be particular?

by Joel Watts

It may be said, rightly, that this contains a great deal of proof-texting, but in these passages is a clear understanding that Christ died for the world, tasting death for everyone, redeeming all. Have we drawn a line not in Scripture?

The question which keeps rolling around in my head is about the power of Christ. If by the sin of Adam, misery and death reigns upon Creation, and if the blood of Christ is the one thing that can redeem – who or what is more powerful? Is it the sin of Adam or the blood of Christ? If Adam’s sin can destroy to the uttermost and envelope everyone for all time, then is the blood of Christ only good for a rather small portion?

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A little problem with original sin

Drew Tatusko writes, "If we hold to original sin and total depravity as non-negotiable absolutes, it's more reasonable, at least based on any passage of scripture the anti-abortion movement might quote, to suggest that humanity is sinful because God made humanity sinful. Of course, that does not harmoize all of those pronouncements in Genesis about how 'good' everything is, especially human beings to whom God bestows the privilege of co-creators of creation. How is it that God made us all sinful if God also made us good? Unless of course God decided to make us all sinful after Adam and Eve's little faux pas with that tasty, delicious red apple. So why would God, by some supernatural act, cause humanity to be knit together and wonderfully formed, but as a sinful creature because Adam, whose sperm transmits the bad gene of sin, got a little hungry when his hot wife offered him an apple? Here's where the language of mystery arbitrarily enters into the fray. Blah.

The Right to Heresy

by Virgil Vaduva
He killed fifty-seven people; banished seventy-six. Confiscated property of political and theological enemies; took power by public revolt and despotism; he ruled with an iron fist. Iste Gallusthat Frenchman – was the first reference to him in official books and records of Geneva, but his name was Jehan Calvin; an incredible attorney, stellar theologian, a tyrant and a murderer.

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