Calvanism’s view on election is that God has chosen certain individuals for salvation, for reasons only known to Him, before the world began. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)
Arminiasm claims that God chose individuals based on who He knows would become saved.
To God’s elect…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father… (1 Peter 1:1, 2 NIV)
These verses seem to support both views because both Calvanism and Aminiasm approach election using the same assumption – that It is primarily individual. And that stance causes the apparent contradiction.
But what if that assumption is not correct? What if God established a pattern of election in the Old Testament and that was the position that the New Testament writers started with?
Would that change the nature of the debate? Absolutely!
Would it resolve these apparent contradictions? Yes.
Do I have proof? Keep reading.