Glory by Force / Forced Glorification
Calvinist's believe that God will be glorified by creating people just to damn them, and this for His glory. These quotes from John Calvin himself should suffice:
“... he arranges all things by his sovereign counsel in such a way that individuals are born, who are doomed from the womb to certain death, and are to glorify him by their destruction...God ... arranges and disposes of them at his pleasure... all events take place by his sovereign appointment” (Institutes III, xxiii, 6)
“Paul teaches us that the ruin of the wicked is not only foreseen by the Lord, but also ordained by his counsel and his will... not only the destruction of the wicked is foreknown, but that the wicked themselves have been created for this very end -- that they may perish” (Commentaries Romans 9:18)
Can we find satisfactory purposefulness in sending those to hell whom cannot hear, nor respond, nor believe the gospel; those for whom the Son of God didn't even die for? What great good and honorable purpose could necessitate such cruelty? God needs to exact such retribution in order to display His glory? Must God resort unto coercion, force, and imposition to receive glory? What kind of tyrannical God would this be? This sounds like something Saddam Hussein would do!
God needs no such thing, and to suggest that He does these things is to propose that God is darkness and evil. The only kind of glory that comes from these types of practices is infamy. Does God require such a reputation? Is He so insecure that He needs to call out a people for Himself by force, sovereign imposition, and irresistable coercion? Is He so unstable that He must damn people from the womb to receive His glory?
What is the purpose for this manner of “glory”? How will His actively damning millions bring Him legitemate and honorable glory? Who will ascribe to Him the glory for such procedures? What holy reason could be advanced for such unheard of heartlessness?
When I tried to explain to my son what glorifying God meant I told Him this:
Let's say you had something of value, Jacob. Something that you worked on very hard. Lets say an art project. And you really wanted to bring attention to it. This art project was worthy of attention, it was a masterpiece, that you had worked diligently on, and with all your might. To bring glory to it you would:
place signs showing where the art was
personally direct people to it
and illuminate it with the clearest, brightest, and whitest light.
The glory would come as those who heeded the promptings came to ascribe to the art those things that are true of it to begin with.
How can God be said to be REALLY glorified if the glory comes from those who are MADE to glorify Him, whether they were sovereignly imposed to choose Him and coerced to worship Him or created to reject Him?
Antonio da Rosa