Thursday, March 3, 2011

If You Understand, Its Probably Not True!...What?

R.C. Sproul writes in the first line of his forward to Craig R. Brown's book The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism:
Any system of doctrine that attempts in the slightest degree to be faithful to Scripture will be difficult to understand.
Indeed, Paul writes to the Corinthians that "We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age" (1 Cor. 2:6). But, that does not mean it has to be filled with paradigms, contradictions and illogical conclusions to be glorious. Paul's message was built on the foundation of the knowledge of Jesus Christ that Paul discusses earlier in chapter two of First Corinthians when he says, "I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified."

Sproul goes on to say:
I would be suspicious of any doctrinal system I could thoroughly grasp with ease. 
Sproul says this because he is talking about introducing and defending Calvinism which he describes like this:
Calvinism is certainly no easy system to is so counterintuitive and countercultural.
Is "counterintuitive" another word for illogical? Is "countercultural" a recognition that universal morality and justice are ripped out of reality by Calvinism?

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word