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Daniel Kriss

Daniel is pastor at Mount Cathedral Community Baptist Church in Taggerty, Victoria. Daniel has studied theology and has been involved in itinerant preaching since 1999. In 2006, Daniel founded SWAT Camp which helps develop young leaders for Christian ministry. Daniel and his wife Jessica live in Melbourne. You can contact Daniel at daniel@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    PJ

    Bro Daniel – what I dislike about this post is the way you express your position by marginalising the efforts of others to understand these matters.

    I found this statement particularly hard to take – “Many Christians are quick to accuse God of being unfair or unjust. They say “How could God harden the heart of a sinner?” This question displays a total lack of understanding of God.” — Why is this not a legitimate question to ask? You realise you have just labelled someone who is genuinely seeking to know and understand God’s dealings with man ‘ignorant’. (And you’ve basically de-legitimised anyone with a more Arminian position!)

    And why, may I ask is it “…high time that Christians came to the realisation that the sovereignty of God and the freewill of man are doctrines that will never be fully comprehend in this life?”

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    JM

    I guess you could ask the question: “How could God harden the heart of a sinner?”

    But wouldn’t you come across scripture like at the start of Exodus 10?

    In verse 1-2 it says: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants … that ye may know how that I am the LORD.”

    And in Exodus 14:4 “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.”

    Or do these verses not apply to that question?

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    PJ

    @JM – yes, you are correct. My point is that I don’t think someone has a ‘total lack of understanding of God’ for asking that question. I think it is legitimate for a Believer and student of theology to ask the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ questions and we ought not to disparage them from doing so.

    I felt that Daniel’s post belittled those who don’t agree with his view that these are matters we can never comprehend so we should stop trying. A classical Calvinist or Arminian would offer some kind of explanation to the hardening of the heart by God. A Calvinist would probably explain it in terms of total depravity and unconditional election, an Arminian would probably talk about Pharaoh hardening his own heart (Ex 8:15,32).

    I don’t see why it’s a problem for Believers to try and come to some understanding of these texts rather than putting them in the ‘too hard basket’ – some would consider the very character of God to be at stake.

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    Jason Harris

    Thanks for the post Daniel. I think the key is when you say these doctrines will “never be fully comprehended in this life.”

    The moment we extrapolate from these questions the character of God (God is love and a loving God would never send people to hell forever), we are on extra-exegetical ground and need to tread with a certain trepidation and humility.

    Praying for you with your dad’s funeral, etc.

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      Jeremy Crooks

      I read Daniels post in the context of the seemingly eternal war between ‘Calvinists’ and ‘Arminians’. To that end I believe it is healthy to accept that we will never fully understand the mysterious ways of the Lord. It does not mean we should not try to understand them with grace and humility – realizing that ‘I don’t know’ is an acceptable answer.

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    idell50

    I enjoyed your article and found the feeling mutual when you said that Deuteronomy 29:29 was one of the most encouraging verses of Scripture you had ever read. It has been so for me as well. I think you would enjoy a book called “The Crook in the Lot” (the sovereignty of God in the afflictions of men) by Thomas Boston. I recently re-read it after having read it in the 1970s. It is filled with blessed truths and saturated with scriptural examples and verses. Keep writing! ~ Nancy

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