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Is God a Megalomaniac?

June 29, 2017 | by: Sam Storms| 1 Comments

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doug sayers

Jun 29, 2017

Thanks Sam. I agree with you, Dr Piper, and the WCF, where it asserts that the chief end (purpose) of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Those who view this as megalomania are stuck in the mud of a small and human view of the magnificence of God.

However, the problem with the excerpt from John's book is his use of the terms "us" and "our." The use of these terms will forever be a thorn in the side of any who hold to Calvinism's unconditional election and it's dreadful afterbirth, reprobation. There simply is no way to rationally reconcile the assertion that God wants all of mankind to enjoy Him forever with the Reformed doctrine of reprobation.

John's Calvinism is the biggest hindrance to his Christian Hedonism. This is not a contradiction that we can dismiss to mystery, antinomy, or paradox.

Either God genuinely wants every one to enjoy Him forever or He does not (and the catechism should read that the chief end of the *elect only* is to enjoy God forever). Or, there must be a truly independent condition that every culpable sinner must meet, by the common / resistible grace of God.

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