Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign...
We have all heard the 'helpful' (and frankly, contradictory) little story trying to balance the Calvinist doctrine of 'election' with the Biblical invitation that invites all to believe in Christ for eternal life.
It goes something like this:
"At the entrance to heaven there is a sign that says, 'Whosoever Will May Come', and once passed through onto the other side there is another sign that says, 'Welcome to Those Who Have Been Chosen By God From Eternity'"
A problem I see with this quaint story is that the sign on the entrance into heaven is deceptive. According to Calvinism, no one wills to come, not even the elect. Those chosen by God must be forced into heaven by Sovereign operation and imposition. In all reality it is an invitation that no one can respond to.
For every day there is a night...
Could we not conceive of, within the framework of imaginative Calvinistic illustration, a counterpart to the above story? This time it is not election in view, but the dreaded reprobation.
"At the entrance to hell there is a sign that says 'Reject Jesus in His Promise', and once passed through onto the other side there is another sign that says, "Welcome to the Home That You Were Chosen For, Welcome to the Place God For-Ordained for You to Be, Welcome to Those Who From All Eternity Were Rejected By God, and Will Suffer Eternally For His Glory, Welcome to the Unfortunate Soul Tailor Made to Populate Hell'"
The philosophical foundations upon which Calvinism rests are the same sources employed by writers of Science Fiction.
An invitation is given out that no one is able to respond to (the 'sign' post up ahead...).
A god, by his whim and capricious desire chooses mortals to do his bidding by his irresistable coersion.
The same fashions beings made to be cast into everlasting destruction for his pleasure and to his glory.
By what beguilement of Satan can someone believe that the God of the Bible operates in this way?