Friday, August 31, 2007

That’s Not a Real Disaster

There has been a lot of nonsense written about the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. I've intended to address this issue, but someone has already done a better job than I would have done.

Calvinist view of bridge collapse distorts God's character, by Roger Olsen (HT, BHT)

"What if God is in charge but not in control?"

"The God of Calvinism scares me; I'm not sure how to distinguish him from the devil."

It seems odd to me that a theology

  1. that calls evil good,
  2. that is based on a naïve, 17th century view of the human will,
  3. that teaches determinism but calls people to accept responsibility for their "choices," and
  4. that requires words like "world," "all," and "freedom" to be redefined to mean essentially the opposite of their generally accepted meaning

has been able to position itself as the intellectually robust theology.

I'm afraid that we all too easily use our theology to manufacture our own "God" who fits rather nicely in our little box and worship him instead of the true God who, in spite of what he has told us about himself, still eludes our complete understanding and remains somewhat of a mystery.

Pastor Rod

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