ive been doing some research latley in the christian church on the Calvinism vs Arminian debate. and im just curious to what the JW believe on this..example
1) Total Depravity - Man is so evil because of original sin, and actual sin, that he cannot even bend his "will"
towards God. All acts of good are then done by God and his will and not by any decision of man, though it may appear so to us.
Unconditional Election - Man has no conditions (i.e. Faith, Baptism, Repentance) by which God will save him. Only God's grace allows a person to be saved and the grace will make the person who is unwilling willing to choose God. Since not everyone is saved, God must not have "predestined" certain persons unto salvation.
3) L imited Atonement - Since God did not want everyone to be saved, Christ's death must not have been meant to save everyone on this planet from their sins, but rather Christ's death was only meant for those He chose.
4) I rresistible Grace - For those that God chose to be His, they cannot, no matter what, remain unwilling and "resist" God's salvation.
5) P erseverance of the Saints - For those that God Chose, they cannot by any means walk away from their Salvation... a.k.a. "Once Saved Always Saved"
1) Man is not so totally depraved that he cannot choose God, but is still "bent" or has "tendencies" towards sin. Though Total Depravity is not in existence, any moderate amount of depravity stems from Actual Sin not Original Sin.
2) God extends Salvation to us, we must receive it by Faith. Grace aids this. Predestination is based on Foreseen Faith.
To some, Works are apart of such faith, whereas Belief + Works = Faith, see James2:24.
(Which and What works are not defined, but generally involve belief and confession, sometimes baptism.)
3) Saving Grace is Resistible!
4) Christ's Atonement is available to all People.
5) Man can effectively choose out of Salvation.
PS: i note the calvin side is a little bias but thats cause i think most of it is incorrect theology