Atheist answer to...What if I'm wrong?
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That is very well constructed answer. I find it a terrible concept that God would only save members of a single religious group or tenant. With increased awareness of the world around us, and the fact that a person's religion is a direct result of where they are born, to think that God only accepts on certain group is ignorance.
I find it a terrible concept that God would only save members of a single religious group or tenant.
Reformed Theologists and Calvinists have no issue with God playing favorites and choosing The Elect.
God has mercy on whom He will have mercy. God's electing purpose to set His electing love on Jacob and not on Esau is an EXPLANATION as to why God's word has not failed in any way at all. God's promise is true and His word always accomplishes its intended purpose. All the elect will receive this mercy. This is what the entire Romans 9 passage is teaching us. God's choice of one brother and not the other was not based on their actions (or works) but based on the powerful effectual call of God (something also made clear in Romans 8, where all the called are justified).
The fact is that God is Sovereign. As such, He reserves the right to have mercy on whom He will and to pass over others, leaving them in their hostile disposition against Him. God revealed Himself to Abraham in a way He did not for his neighbor down the street. His electing love on Israel was not bestowed on the Canaantites or the Philistines. After His resurrection, Christ appeared to Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus but not to Pontius Pilate in his bedroom. The whole Bible speaks of a God who is Sovereign in the way He bestows mercy.
"This being would understand impeccably that I am a product of nothing more, and nothing less, than that which I have experienced"
Well, I don't know if we are a "product of nothing more, and nothing less, than that which we have experienced." I think there is more.
That's the rationale that's bothered me for 30+ years.
If Jehovah knows every atom of our being (he has to, because he can recreate an exact copy of us), it makes the preaching work...separating the sheep and goats...nothing more than a world-wide circle jerk