Woke up with this thought from my slumber this morning – not sure how the inspiration came about, but I assume I was meant to share it.
JOHN CALVIN 3:16
“For God so loved the elite exclusively, that He gave His only begotten Son only to the elites, that whosoever in that pre-chosen elite club that believeth in Him (forcibly, regardless of their consent, which does not even exist anyway) should not perish but have everlasting life (in an eternity of totalitarian compulsion, while the bulk of those “created in His image” are forcibly driven into the Lake of Fire and eternal agony without choice, for which they were evidently expressly created to reside, as is “God’s pleasure”, according to Calvin*).
[* “Scripture clearly prove this much, that God by his eternal and immutable counsel determined once for all those whom it was his pleasure one day to admit to salvation, and those whom, on the other hand, it was his pleasure to doom to destruction.” Institutes, Book 3, Chapter 21, par. 7
“Those, therefore, whom God passed by he reprobates, and that for no other cause but because he is pleased to exclude them from the inheritance which he predestines to his children.” Institutes, Book 3, Chapter 23, par. 1
“because by his eternal providence they were before their birth doomed to perpetual destruction…what will they be able to mutter against this defense?” Institutes, Book 3, Chapter 23, par. 3
“Now since the arrangement of all things is in the hand of God…he arranges … that individuals are born, who are doomed from the womb to certain death, and are to glorify him by their destruction.” Institutes, Book 3, Chapter 23, par. 6]
Given this psychological/spiritual foundation, we should thus not be surprised in how the Calvinist Puritan colonists treated their neighbors (be they other professing Christians or not), since it is certain that they also believed (within their understanding) the Biblical mandate from Christ to
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48)
BELIEF LEADS TO ACTIONS