Christianity is rational despite the fact that the mass majority of unbelievers consider it to be irrational. However, there are forms of Christianity whose proponents attempt to understand Man’s ability vs. his responsibility only via human reason. The correct way for Christians to view God, His ways, His Sovereignty, Man, Man’s depravity, and Man’s responsibility is to reason biblically. Here is an example. If our reason is exclusively extra-biblical then we say that Man’s ability and responsibility are coextensive. They must match up exactly. If not, then the supposition is irrational. This makes sense and is reasonable if our reasoning is extra-biblical, but is it right?
Are Man’s ability and responsibility coextensive?
One group looks at the question and says, "Yes! We know that all men are held responsible to repent and believe because we find that in the Bible. Therefore, we must conclude that Men have the ability in themselves to repent and believe."
However, the Bible does not teach that. Those who hold this position teach the lost that they have within them the spiritual ability to repent and believe.
Another group looks at the question and says, "Yes! We know that, in and of themselves, Men are without spiritual ability to repent and believe because we find that in the Bible. Therefore, we must conclude that the lost are not under any obligation to repent and believe the gospel."
However, the Bible is very clear that everyone is commanded to believe and repent.
Calvinism, on the other hand, looks at the question and says, "No! What looks reasonable is often not biblical. This supposition is wrong because it violates what scripture teaches. From the Bible we learn that fallen man is without spiritual ability and that he is obligated to repent and believe. It is only by the powerful, regenerating work of the Holy Spirit that man is given the ability to obey God in repentance and belief.”
The first two examples seem reasonable responses to the supposition until we submit it to what the Bible says. The Bible also tells us that God’s ways are not our ways. So why would we insist that God must work along the lines of Human Reason?
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