Disclaimer: I highly doubt John Calvin was a communist!
No I’m not contradicting myself
Bear with me
John Calvin is known for his support of the theological doctrine of predestination
Despite his minimal mention of predestination in his works, the world credits him as being the predestination guy
Honestly, he may be rolling over in his grave every time a Presbyterian church has a service
But that’s beside the point
You might be asking,
“What is predestination?”
Get an education
Predestination is the incredibly biblical doctrine that God haphazardly saves people at birth
It’s a process of divine election!
It makes sense because it portrays an intelligent, powerful creator as flippantly deciding the eternal fate of every single human whom he himself bestowed life upon in the first place
Somewhat Zeus-style, I’d say
It only disregards everything Jesus of Nazareth said and did and everything the biblical canon says about him
No big deal
When someone (E.G. – John Calvin) chooses to believe in predestination, there are things they must subsequently believe about the nature of God
Predestination brings into question the love of God, the justice of God, and the plan of God
Can a God love his people greatly and simultaneously retain the practice of condemning some of them to Hell on a whim?
Am I going to pick up a chocolate bar, unwrap it, and then throw half of it away –
Just cause I feel like it?
No, I’m pretty sure that’s a mortal sin
I love chocolate!
I want all of it to come to me!
Obviously, God isn’t going to eat us gosh
But you get the idea
Even more evidently, predestination brings into question the justice of God
It just does
I don’t feel the need to elaborate on that statement
If you need me to elaborate, please stop reading and leave
Lastly, predestination makes the plan of God seem a little loony, to say the least
God cannot be so bored that he creates a complex universe containing beings in his likeness just to randomly torture some of them for eternity
How can that even bring satisfaction to a being pure of heart?
Thus, the goodness of God and even the concept of what “God” means itself are brought into uncertainty
In short, predestination portrays God as a dictator who rules in spite of his people’s rights
So when considering predestination
“Am I a Communist?”