Calvinism vs. Arminianism

The Google definition of Calvinism is “The Protestant theological system of John Calvin, which emphasizes the irresistibility of grace and the doctrine of predestination” Arminianism’s definition according to Google is “17th century theology (named after its founder Jacobus Arminius) that opposes the absolute predestinarianism of John Calvin and holds that human free will is compatible with God’s sovereignty”. Team Calvin or Team Arminius, I honestly have no idea. When I read 1 Timothy 2:4, Acts 2:38, Romans 1:16, and Titus 2:11 it sounds like what I know to be Arminianism. When I read 1 Timothy 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Ephesians 2:1-2, Ezekiel 37:1-17, Titus 1:1 and 1 Peter 2:8 it sounds like what I know to be Calvinism. Does God elect people for salvation out of complete grace without humans choosing Him at all? Or Does He allow us the opportunity to Choose Him? I have read more bible verses that make me think of Calvinism. I don’t think this mean that Bible is contradicting itself. Either I’ve misread some of those verses, or maybe salvation is more complicated than simple single or double handed salvation. God exists completely outside of our time and space, anything is possible for Him. Perhaps on our side salvation is double handed Arminianism and from God’s point it is single handed Calvinism? I don’t know. John Calvin says “”Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate of salvation is open to all. There is nothing else to hinder us from entering, but our own unbelief.” which makes the whole thing more confusing. The bible is absolutely clear about one thing though, without Jesus’s death on the cross and the redemption from His blood no one will escape Hell no matter if free will plays any part or not. It is also clear that either way, we’re told to go make disciples (Matthew 28:19), care for God’s people (John 21:16), and take the Gospel to people (Isaiah 52:7). It doesn’t seem like an important enough issue to fret over, either way we’re told to tell people about Jesus. I’m not on team Calvin or team Arminius (though I do agree with some of their thoughts) both guys theologies have holes. I’m on team Jesus, His theology has no holes.

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