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Calvinist Proof Texts

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God needed to create man to sin, according to Calvinists. He needed evil to punish it. Their proof: man was made for the day of wrath (Proverbs 16:4).

So, what about this verse? Did God make man for wrath? One website offers the following explanation:

he LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Proverbs 16:4

In the above passage, the phrase, "things for Himself" takes us back to the Hebrew word maaneh, which means to answer to, or to give a reply to. What is being said in the first part of this verse is, "The Lord hath made all things to answer or give an account unto Him." With that said, we could accurately read Proverbs 16:4 like this:
The LORD hath made all things to give account unto Him: yea, even the wicked, who think they are off His hook, have to give an account unto Him on the day of judgment.
Doesn't that make a lot more sense? Now let's put that verse into context with verses 2 through 5:
16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

16:4 [The LORD hath made all things to give account unto Him: yea, even the wicked, who think they are off His hook, have to give an account unto Him on the day of judgment.]

16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

The website that offered this
affirms the existence of hell.

Another verse the Calvinists employ cite to support their position is Romans 9:22: “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.”

This verse, the Calvinist believes, is saying that God creates vessels of wrath in order to show his mercy on vessels of mercy. In other words, the damnation of some adds an accent to the salvation of others. It must be admitted that the verse, when taken alone, does seem to be saying that.
But this interpretation relies on lifting the verse entirely out of context. The verse is a response to the previous verses, in which Paul declares God’s intent to have mercy on the Gentiles as well as the Jews. God is not saying: I can damn whoever I please; he is saying I can save whoever I please. Moreover, the very ones he hardens are promised restoration; indeed Paul concludes the whole matter by saying: “God hath concluded all in unbelief that he might have mercy on all” (Romans 11:32).

I will be the first to admit that Paul’s wording is ambiguous and that he chooses a verbally circuitous route to make his point, but even so, he is not saying what the Calvinists say he’s saying.



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