This doctrine single handedly transformed the way that I look at salvation. When I encountered this doctrine it shocked me to my theological core. Yet the shock was not that someone taught this doctrine. I knew of many weird doctrines that people believed and taught about the Bible but when I looked into them I quickly found that they did not have the support of the scriptures themselves. Yet this doctrine leaped off the pages of scripture at me once my heart was prepared to accept it.
When I started to pay attention to the teachings of the word on the nature of man I was surprised at the disconnect between theologians of past and present and the teachings of the Bible regarding the nature of man. To me it seems quite clear.
You have heard it before while discussing theology: “Well that is just your interpretation.” Or, if you declare a passage to be clear on a subject, you might hear: “If this passage is so clear then why are there so many people who don’t believe that it says that?” But these statement, while they are appealing on the surface, harbor serious epistemological problems for the Christian.
Except that is a thing, a big thing. Everyone has a worldview that they utilize to answer the above question and oh so many more questions, like, all the questions.
People have asked me why I believe what I do about Calvinism. So in an attempt to offer a full explanation here is an 11 Part series that explains my reasons for believing that Calvinism is just shorthand for biblical when it comes to so many doctrines.