Total Depravity/Inability ... What is the whole Bible picture?
I have come to the conclusion that what I thought was meant by "Total Depravity" was not what the Calvinists believe. The doctrine actually means "Inability to believe in the Gospel until you are born again." I do not, at this time, think this is a "whole Bible truth."
I guess that makes me a one point Calvinist (... for the time being.) (That is so ridiculous.) In summary, my visitors who defended "INABILTY" have given me the following Bible passages (in green). My visitors who believe that people are able ... and urged to respond to God with faith, have given me the following verses (in blue).
All of these Bible verses are true! They do not mean something that would cause their true meanings to conflict. What is the understanding that validates every Bible truth on this post? That is the question.
When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the message of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)
No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)
Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him of my Father. (John 6:65)
Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. (John 8:43)
Only the sheep who the Father gives the Son can hear His voice and believe. (John 10:25-30)
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:5)
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. (Colossians 1:13)
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. (Colossians 2:13)
It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. (Romans 9:16)
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. (Romans 3:10-11)
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. (Romans 8:7-9)
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius…
So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God." (Acts 10:1,5)
Paul and Silas … to Berea … These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore, many of them believed. (Acts 17:10-12)
And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. (Acts 17:26-27)
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)
...Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb… (Romans 4:19)
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints… (Philemon 1:5)
For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. (1 Peter 4:3)
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)
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