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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Just Mike

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After many years of study and help from my College student friend Dr. James White I am not totally a TULIP. I am not sure what color but I thinks its white.

 

I have spent about 35 years studding Scripture and finally, prayerfully cane to the complete understanding of Calvinism. Thank you all who have been part of my growth.

 

 

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Congratulations Justme. Personally, I was introduced to Calvinism through this three-part video series. I highly recommend it: Amazing Grace - The History and Theology of Calvinism - Christforums

 

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William

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I am not totally a TULIP.

 

Perhaps you can elaborate:

 

A tulip is a flower with intertwining petals, without which, would not make up a complete flower. If one petal is removed from the flower, it ceases, for all intents and purposes, to be complete. It is the same with the essential doctrines of salvation. Each doctrine is essentially linked to the others. If one of them is removed, then the whole system falls into absurdity and contradiction. (In this way, there would be no such thing as a 3 point Calvinist or a 4 point Calvinist (like Amyraldianism)–it would be better to say they are confused Arminians.) Using the term “Calvinist” as a mirror to the doctrines of grace is over-simplifying the theological position. Calvinism is made up of much more than simply 5 points on salvation. Too many Christians today use the term “Calvinism” to speak only of the doctrines of the 5 points. Rather, they ought simply to refer to the 5 points as “the doctrines of grace.” Calvinism is a much broader term used specifically of those who hold to Calvin’s Institutes, and more precisely, of those who hold Calvin’s view of the sacraments. Calvinism houses the entirety of the Institutes of the Christian Religion, especially Calvin’s view on the means of grace.

 

God bless,

William

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