I know one thing, and that the Bible is full of theodicy.
It means: Finding answers of a good God in the midst of evil.
Calvinists, Isaiah, Paul, Solomon, nearly everyone,
Says you are the author of both good and evil.
Even Isaiah 45:7 states
“I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD, do all these things.”
Clearly, the Israelites believed God was the answer to all that happened to them,
And that he openly blessed the righteous.
But then we get to Paul,
Where he states in Romans 9:15-18,
Where God hardens some hearts,
And has mercy on others for salvation.
I truly know Paul is talking about
The Jews’ unbelief, and the Gentile’s belief.
But God, I wonder: is this true? Is predestination true?
Because Methodism cannot answer the “hardens the hearts of some.”
This is theodicy. This is a hindsight explanation,
That has been used for centuries – milleniums, in fact.
To this I wonder…
I feel myself, once again,
Moving away from strict, literal biblical theology,
Into understanding the Bible in its times, places, and contexts.
Alleluia and Amen for historical understanding of the Bible!