Depravity

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So, once more into the breach! (er, what?) Anyway. Depravity. What is it? Depravity is the separation of man from God, and the will of man to be so apart from Him. The big question is if we have a choice or not, inside of our depravity. Can we surrender to God’s will, even in our sinful state? Do we have free will?

One the side of Total Depravity, Calvinist edition, we know that man has fallen. (Gen 2:16-17) We are desperately wicked, and our hearts are full of sin. We are even slaves to it. There is no one who does good! So it should come as no surprise that God has to drag us to Jesus! Jesus says it twice! Clearly, in man’s fallen state, there is absolutely no way he could ever pick Jesus.

But what about John 1:12? But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Clearly, that implies that human reception of God was active choice. Those Jesus gave the right to become children of God had already received Jesus. Humans seem to get to choose between good and evil.  In places, God begs us to choose the right way, implying he’s not forcing us. In fact, in the story of Moses, it is notable that God made Pharaoh’s heart hard. If Total Depravity is true, would not Pharaoh’s heart have always been hard? It would not have needed hardened!

Further study:

John 20:31 These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Romans 8:29-30  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

1 Peter 1:22-25 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Romans 1:6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ

Romans 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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