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What is Calvinism?

Is there anyone here with any knowledge regarding Calvanism? What is it? What are the core beliefs?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on Dec. 12, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Here is a scripture that should dismiss Calvin's predestination belief.

    1 Timothy 4:10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

    There are many Reformed denominations who believe in Calvin's theory. Calvinist beliefs are that God made people who don't believe in Jesus to not be able to believe in Jesus; therefore, these people were created to go to hell. Calvinism is a false doctrine. 1 Timothy 4:10 plainly says that the Savior is for "all men".

    Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.
    m2KnL

    Answer by m2KnL at 1:09 AM on Dec. 13, 2009

  • Calvinism stresses the complete ruin of humanity's ethical nature against a backdrop of the sovereign grace of God in salvation. It teaches that fallen people are morally and spiritually unable to follow God or escape their condemnation before him. It is seen as the work of God (divine intervention) in which God changes their unwilling hearts from rebellion to willing obedience.In this view, all people are entirely at the mercy of God, who would be just in condemning all people for their sins, but who has chosen to be merciful to some. One person is saved while another is condemned, not because of a foreseen willingness, faith, or any other virtue in the first person, but because God sovereignly chose to have mercy on them. Although the person must believe the gospel and respond to be saved, this obedience of faith is God's gift, and thus God completely and sovereignly accomplishes the salvation of sinners.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:12 PM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • More here: FivePoints of Calvinism

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:15 PM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • It is a branch of Christianity based on the works of John Calvin. It is one of the early Protestant branches. Religioustolerance.org does a good job of giving a brief summary http://www.religioustolerance.org/calvinism.htm The big ideas that are different from many other denominations are the belief in predestination, the idea that Jesus did not die for all people, and the belief that once a person is saved they are always saved.

    nysa00

    Answer by nysa00 at 5:17 PM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • Thank you for the links. I will have to study them further, it seems a bit to take in at one time.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • somebody who loves a guy name calvin? LOL sorry couldn't help it
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:35 PM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • who knew a man was involved. LOL
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:37 PM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • To the OP: I am actually a Calvinist. The first replied is pretty dead on. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
    nsrush83

    Answer by nsrush83 at 9:48 PM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • nsrush, thanks for helping me understand this. I am Primitive Baptist and many confuse us with Calvinism. I never knew that they believe you must respond and believe when the Holy Spirit moves in your heart in order to be saved. Now I understand the difference and it helps tremendously.
    callmeann

    Answer by callmeann at 12:19 AM on Dec. 13, 2009

  • Calvinism is not a false doctrine.
    nsrush83

    Answer by nsrush83 at 3:53 PM on Dec. 13, 2009

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