Friday, April 30, 2010

Censored by a Triabloke … drat, what will I ever do?

I generally avoid wasting bandwidth at a couple of internet sites run by some of the knuckleheaded extreme Calvinists out there. Marc Carpenter's "Outside The Camp" craziness and the Triabloke blogspot site run by a guy named Hays are a couple of them. Occasionally I will browse and toy with a response to a comment but I generally do so with fairly low expectations of receiving anything of merit to note. I jumped into the comment section of the latter site to reply to an inquiry made by a poor visitor who seemed unaware of what lurked in the Triabloke bushes.

He wrote:

Is there any mystery to the relationship between God's sovereignty and human action?
As you know, W.L. Craig cited Turretin to show that Reformed theologians are "self-confessedly left with a mystery." When I read your material, I get the impression that you don't think there is any mystery involved.

I replied with the following:

The quandary exists among both Calvinists and Arminians. For the Arminian, the tension is with explaining why one turns to the LORD and another resists. We do not know. However, with the Calvinist, the antinomy is irreconcilable. Divine determinism is excused from responsibility. From the Arminian perspective, the Calvinist conflict between divine determination and human accountability does far more damage to God's character and goodness than our lack of comprehension for why a man resists the grace of God and another does not resist.

I guess it was too much to throw at the poor soul because Hays censored my remark to avoid giving him that kind of dangerous information. It's too bad the guy who made the inquiry didn't have an email or blog contact. I would have avoided the post.

6 comments:

William Watson Birch said...

Were you at one time forbidden to comment there, or ever banned from the site? If not, I find it really odd that they rejected your comment. Usually they will just take you to task for your words, but not reject the comment. Strange.

A.M. Mallett said...

William,
I think at one time Hays started censoring my comments rather than address the content and I stopped wasting my time with it. It is rather odd he would trash the comment but for all I know he might have banned me.

William Watson Birch said...

Lame ; ) I liked your comment and thought it was worthy of a response.

comeinfromtherain said...

Jesus gives us one reason why, "why one turns to the LORD and another resists" in Matt 7:24 et al.
He who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a WISE man... Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them, will be like a FOOLISH man....
Plain and simple there are some who are morally speaking "wise" and others who are "foolish".

This is Jesus assessment so to agree with Him is not pride, or self-righteousness. The whole of the Scriptures (particularly Proverbs but certainly not solely) teaches the fact of wise and foolish people.

A.M. Mallett said...

comein,
I agree without a doubt that it is the fool who says there is no God and goes about his merry way. However, keep in mind we were all fools to some degree before the grace of God made such a change in us. Perhaps the question could be proposed as why are we not the fools we once were?

SLW said...

It was a good comment, a very good comment. I guess there's no accounting for taste. ;-)