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Calvinism denies human free will and makes God responsible for evil
Objection: If man has no free will, i.e. God elects and controls everything including man's sinful acts, how can you not conclude that God is responsible for sin and evil? That God is the author of sin and evil?
Response: Calvinists do not deny free will. We affirm that people are free to choose what they want to choose. We state that the unbelievers nature is so corrupt that he does not have the ability in his own will, to choose to follow God. This is why the Scriptures say...
If the Bible says the unbeliever is not "free" then he is not free. The Bible says the unbeliever is deceitful and sick (Jer. 17:9), full of evil (Mk 7:21-23), loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19), does not understand, does not seek for God (Rom. 3:10-12), is dead in his trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1), is by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3), cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14). How then is the unbeliever able to choose God? He cannot.
This makes God responsible for evil
God is not
responsible for the evil that is accomplished by the free will actionsof
fallen people. Remember, free will is the ability to make choices and
unbelievers make choices consistent with their fallen natures. They openly
choose to accomplish evil deeds in contradiction to God's Word. They are
openly and freely rebelling against God. God did not make them sinful. He
did not make them rebellious. therefore, God is not responsible for
the evil but they accomplish.
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B.A., M. Div., 2005