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ABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY


In the article on Genesis event we have seen how God dealt with the people after the fall and demanded of them a response which God asserted that they could. We can certainly conclude that God being a reasonable and just God cannot expect responsibility where there is no ability. How can God, who is perfectly just, 'command all men everywhere to repent' (Acts 17:30), knowing the command is impossible to obey?

It is like a preacher preaching in a grave yard for every dead body to get up and walk and when they do not obey burn them for their disobedience. We would not consider him sane. But Calvinists wants us to consider God just as that. If God is insane, what can you do. We know of Dictators who were insane who did the same thing. Is our God like them?

According to the Reform Theology Man is so corrupt, he will not and cannot obey even the slightest spiritual command . He cannot even understand the language. Yet, God orders him to believe; He punishes him for not believing and condemns him for eternal fire which he can certainly feel and know . Is this the character of God revealed in Christ? Is this the picture of God of love and God who is just, leave alone of a Father?

Gospel and Manís Ability

On the day of Pentecost, 'With many other words he (Peter) warned them; and he pleaded with them, 'Save yourselves from this corrupt generation'' (Acts 2:40). Was Peter 'pleading' with these people to do something they were incapapble of doing? If he was speaking in a language which they did not understand, the spirit of God intervened to let them hear these words in their own tongues. Why? So that they may understand and will have no excuse.

Act 2: 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: 'Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!'

The command is to preach and make all people understand the Gospel.

Mat. 28: 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

Mark 16: 15 He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,

Even in Jesusí attempt to hide his purposes from the Jews he says:

Mark 4: 11 He told them, 'The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!''

Jesus would have no problem of outsiders whom he did not want to know and understand him from hearing what he had to say, if they were dead and are incapable of knowing anything spiritual. On the other hand Jesus marvelled at the unbelief of the hearers. What was there to marvel if the hearers were unable to understand? We also see that by repeated refusal and continued sinning a person hardens his heart against the gospel.

Eph 4: 18 They (the Gentiles) are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

Their ignorance is not because they are dead already, but because they seperated themselves from the life of God and they hardened their hearts. A heart cannot be hardened any further unless it was at least some what soft.

Zech. 7: 12 They made their hearts as hardas flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.