Friday, May 20, 2011

Bad Philosophy Has No Place In Good Theology - Part 1: The Unevangelized, God's Love, and Free Will

Hello all. Today, I thought we'd take a look at how bad philosophy can interfere with good theology.

I will probably make a something of a series of this, because I have no end of material to draw off of.

Today, I'm going to look at a particular view on God's love, free will, and how it relates to the especially thorny issue of the unevangelized. Regarding the first two points, it is not an uncommon position that people have some degree of a free choice in choosing to follow Jesus or not, and that some people are not saved because they choose against God. This position is almost always accompanied by the claim that God loves everybody. God desires that everyone be saved, but real love means letting them choose. Although God easily could make everyone love and follow Him, He instead chooses to let people have a choice, because He loves them.