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  1. “If Trump said Brexit was no problem for Ireland then he is a complete.....” Oops, what do I mean by ‘if?’ Don’t I know what it said on the BBC website? ’bye, y’all.
  2. Only an American could turn a theological argument into a tirade against “socialism”.
  3. I am not rejecting anything. If Jesus self professedly didn’t know the mind of his Father on a subject, then he didn’t know the mind of his Father on a subject. I mean, A implies A. The logic could hardly be more elementary, could it?
  4. If Jesus did not know the day and hour, then by definition, he did not know the mind of the Father on that subject. Maybe you put that down to the fact that he was speaking as the incarnate Second Person of the Trinity, or maybe you leave the seeming paradox unresolved.
  5. So what has any of that got to do with the possibility of self deception?
  6. So God’s will, secret or otherwise, has nothing to do with his mind? Whatever terminology you care to use, only God knows whether I will still be a Christian the day that I die. I do not know that, and you do not know that. If you want to say that becoming apostate would mean that I was never elect to begin with, fine. In God’s eyes that might even be true - after all he has known the end from the beginning. I may know the beginning, but I do not know the end.
  7. Quite right. I died on 25 March last year. How clever of you to know that.
  8. You are making no sense. I repeat to you the challenge I threw down to Matthew Duvall. If you have direct access to the mind of God, tell me the date of my death. Otherwise, case closed.
  9. Matthew Duvall’s splurg about God revealing his will, in general terms, in scripture, was irrelevant to whether his will for a particular individual can be known - which had been the question in debate. Except in the circumstance of a special revelation to that individual, it cannot be known. Even God’s general will can only be known insofar as he chooses to reveal it, so the idea that the Bible provides the answer to every question relating to the mind of God is fallacious.
  10. Then tell me, which year has he pencilled in for me to leave this mortal coil?
  11. You can have the conditional assurance that if you remain faithful to God (I.e. if it is God’s good pleasure to maintain you in the faith) then you will be saved.
  12. I haven’t gone back to being an atheist any time in the last almost forty years, and I have no immediate plans for doing so. But, like Joe Bloggs, I do not possess a crystal ball, and I have no direct access to the mind of God.
  13. That God will accomplish his purposes is not in dispute.
  14. You miss the point. Joe Bloggs thought he was a saint, and therefore possessed eternal security, but he wrong about that. If Joe Bloggs can be wrong about that, anybody can, and therefore nobody can be sure that God has elected them for salvation. Perhaps it is not quite true to say that you cannot know if you are elect until you stand before God’s throne, but you cannot know until the very last second of life.
  15. Con artists not withstanding, I trust that God has taken good notice of your prohibition.
  16. Joe Bloggs was a Calvinist, and he considered that he was amongst God's elect. However, some years later he became an atheist, and was still an atheist when he died. Clearly, his earlier belief was mistaken, and he was never one of the elect. So he didn't know what he thought he knew.
  17. In principle miracles are possible, but there are enough con artists around to instantly invite suspicion. I have lost count of the number of times I have heard the one about a short leg miraculously growing to be the same length as the other. But can God perform miracles if he wants to? Yes he can. In the case of something like a vision, the effect it has on somebody would be one test. Spiritual pride would be a bad sign, humility a good sign.
  18. Sue D: For the enlightenment of your atheist friend: William Phillips (Nobel Prize winner), Charles H Townes (Nobel Prize winner), Max Planck (Nobel Prize winner), Sir Antony Hewish (Nobel Prize Winner). Sir Alexander Fleming (Nobel Prize winner), Simon Conway Morris (FRS), Revd John Polkinghorne ( KBE, FRS), Freeman Dyson (FRS)
  19. He predestines to either life or death without reference to his foreknowledge. The latter flows from the former.
  20. God has always known how they would choose. Quite right. But then he created them in the knowledge that they would choose in that way, when he could have created them complete with some alternative history in front of them. Ipso facto, he predestines them to either life or death.
  21. Presumably because they would want to say that God couldn’t have known what they would want - they hadn’t decided yet. Only that would make them Open Theists.
  22. That is just playing with words. If we can apply the most elementary logic, and draw out the implication of God not predestining somebody to eternal life, when the only alternative is death, God himself certainly can.
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