Our friend, Mr. Nollie Malabuyo, says that a person does nothing to be saved! Nollie does nothing! God does everything for him and for every saved person. Everything is a gift from God. A person does nothing. Life is a gift of God, the ability/willingness to believe is a gift of God. Ability/willingness to repent is a gift of God. Ability/willingness to confess is a gift of God. Obeying every requirement of God in living a godly life is a gift of God. So Nollie says. Obviously there is no free will in man.
Predestination, he says, means that before the world was created, God had made a list in His mind of all the individuals whom He would give the, repentance and salvation. Whether a person likes it or not, God pushes him, God compels him, God forces him and no one could ever resist God’s will and grace.
In like manner, a person does nothing to be damned, so Nollie’s logic would lead us to believe. Predestination means that before the world was created, God had listed in His mind those who will be damned in Hell. God created Hell. If God gives the gift of belief, then in the same manner God gives the gift of unbelief. If God gives the gift of repentance, then in the same line of logic God gives also the gift of non-repentance. If God gives the gift of confession, then in the same manner God also gives the gift of lack of confession. If God gives the gift of ability/willingness to live a godly life for those who are to be saved, then it follows also that God gives the gift of ability/willingness to live an ungodly life.
If God is credited in moving and pushing a person to be saved in heaven because a person does NOTHING for his salvation, then it follows that God is credited for moving and pushing a person to be damned in HELL because a person does NOTHING for his damnation. If Heaven is a gift, it also follows that Hell is a gift. We are only following the line of reasoning of our friend. If he does not like the conclusion, then he should change his premises. He says that God predestined everybody.
None could stand God’s indignation; none could endure God’s fierce anger. God’s fury is poured out like fire. See Nahum 1:6. At the Judgment Day (See Matt. 25:41-46) Christ will pronounce the curse on those who did not love and help the poor. Who made and predestined the ability of the cursed? God made and predestined them. And God is angry at those whom he predestined to be cursed. Is it logical? You answer for yourself.
If Mr. Nollie were to pre-determine to draw an ugly painting and the ugliness is within his will and power to make it ugly and at the competition his painting is adjudged the “Ugliest Painting” and yet Mr. Nollie will rage with fierce anger and will burn his painting for being ugly, how do you judge the personality of Mr. Nollie? Perfect personality? Crazy? You answer for yourself. — Eusebio Tanicala