With all due respect, your friend is not so much a careful student of the New Testament as he is a disciple of John Calvin. Our response is as follows. For example, since God is a Being of absolute truth Dt. It thus is impossible for God to lie Num. His sovereignty is limited, however, by his own holy nature. Calvinists are dead wrong when they allege that in order to preserve his sovereignty, God must be the causative force behind every human action. The New Testament clearly teaches that belief is a sacredly imposed obligation to which man is required to exercise as a matter of his own volitional ability. The submission of a person to this sacred obligation takes nothing away from the sovereignty of God. The passage cited above Eph.
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God Commands All Men To Believe
Faith , derived from Latin fides and Old French feid ,  is confidence or trust in a person , thing, or concept. James W. Fowler — proposes a series of stages of faith-development or spiritual development across the human life-span. His stages relate closely to the work of Piaget , Erikson, and Kohlberg regarding aspects of psychological development in children and adults. Fowler defines faith as an activity of trusting, committing, and relating to the world based on a set of assumptions of how one is related to others and the world. No hard-and-fast rule requires individuals pursuing faith to go through all six stages. There is a high probability for individuals to be content and fixed in a particular stage for a lifetime; stages from are such stages.
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So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow-citizens with the saints and members of the household of God Ephesians What a comforting statement! This is what we strive to live out at Faith, and what we offer to you.
F or centuries , philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can freely choose between right and wrong. The great Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant reaffirmed this link between freedom and goodness. If we are not free to choose, he argued, then it would make no sense to say we ought to choose the path of righteousness.