I'm convinced that anyone who has ever looked into the doctrine of election has shared the same face of confusion that I have. This doctrine is not only confusing, but downright mind poundingly brutal to understand. For a quick definition, election is the act of God before creation in which He chooses some people to be saved, not on account of any foreseen merit in them, but only because of His sovereign good pleasure (Grudem 670). Upon first hearing of this doctrine, the first thought that rushed to mind was the obvious conclusion, if God chooses some for salvation, that means He chooses others for condemnation.
Now, just accepting my God of love, how could I believe such an atrocity? To think that God would purposely cause people to be damned for all eternity, sounds like such rubbish. But oh, though it may sound atrocious, it is truth, it is justice.
Proof of the Doctrine of Election
- "...as many as were ordained to eternal life believed." - Acts 13:48
- "For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son..." - Rom. 8:28-30
- "...in order that God's purpose of election might continue..." - Rom. 9:11-13
- "The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened." - Rom. 11:7
- If God would not choose some, none would come. Rom. 3:11, "...no one seeks after God." Can't really be much clearer than that right?
- It is because of our own unwillingness that many are unsaved. Matt. 23:37, "How often would I have gathered your children as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!"
- We as fallen humans do not have the right to question God's fairness anyway. Rom. 9:19-20 "Why does He still find fault? For who can resist His will? But who are you, o man, to answer back to God?"