Analysis Of French Theologian John Calvin

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French Theologian John Calvin served as a pastor during the Protestant Reformation. Growing up Roman Catholic, he had values and traditions instilled which were thought to be critical in one 's relationship with God. However, after his exposure to reformation he experienced a shift in ideals, theology, and belief. This time of his life simply brought into light a spectrum of Christianity which had yet to be acknowledged in a depth which came across offensive and seemingly harsh. Now referred to as Calvinism, a fresh perspective had been presented through a series of beliefs which were backed by scripture from the Holy Bible. Though it might seem as though this evidence is not exactly factual, the presentation of the study is clearly thorough …show more content…
In this idea of theology it is believed that every man that has lived is consquentially fallen to sin as a result of Adam and Eve. It is believed that since the fall of man (Genesis 3) every person is corrupt and separated from God, and every thought, emotion, and will is corrupt and based from sin. With this being said, not a single person in deemed the ability to choose to follow God or choose to accept salvation. Stated directly from the Bible in Ephesians 2:1-3, Paul says, “1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” As the Bible is directed and written nearly 2000 years ago yet was concurrent with the events which were happening, this statement from Paul is deemed evidential. However, many people and theologians have argued many ideas against that of Total Depravity. For instance, many claim that man is depraved from God, but not to a full extent. Instead, man is simply born innocent and falls to their own sin. However, this is incorrect and false in the fact that people are not by nature inclined to love God and cling solely toward …show more content…
Limited, being the restriction of extent, and atonement regarded as reconciliation, join together forming the centralized idea that God sent his son to die on the cross for those whom he had predestined to save, also known as the elect. This belief is highly advanced in terms of the amount of study required to have a full understanding of how God portrays himself through the crucifixion of his son. As previously mentioned in Unconditional Election, not every person is exposed to salvation and the eternity behind it. Instead, God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for a purpose of saving the people in which God had already chosen. Many times than not, people make the death of Jesus Christ as something of ‘potential.’ Per say Jesus died purely to set all men free yet many are still condemned for eternity, did they have the potential to believe or did they not? According to Calvinism, his death did not atone for all. Instead, he died for the sins of those who spend eternity in the Kingdom. Therefore all non-believing people did not have any sort of potential in salvation as a result of the foreknowing election of God. Also, the death of Jesus Christ does not lose potential for those whom God has elected according to his will. God designed the grace flowing from the cross after the son’s resurrection of the grave to be efficient enough for those who is does save, but it also does have

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