How predestination and God’s foreknowledge lead some people to doubt the love of God

The Bible says that God predestines “us” or some people.  The Bible states that God hardens some people.

For centuries people have believed in predestination, but some have debated whether or not there is single predestination or double predestination.  Single predestination means that God chose some to be saved and predestined them to be saved, without actively doing anything especially favorable or unfavorable to those who will be lost.  Double predestination means that God predestines the saved to be saved and the lost to be lost.

If there is double predestination, then some ask, “Why does God predestine some people to be lost?”  Whether there is single or double predestination, the question is, “Why does not God predestine everybody to be saved?”

It seems like predestinating a person to be saved would be an act of love.  If God loves all, why does God not predestine all persons to be saved?

However, the same problems exist even without the assumption of strong predestination, but simply in virtue of God’s foreknowledge.  If we assume that some are saved and some are lost, but that God knows beforehand who will be saved and who will be lost, then it seems unloving of God to create those persons who will be lost and it was unloving of God towards Judas to create Judas.  For God could have abstained, or so some believe, from creating Judas, thereby sparing Judas an eternity in hell, or so it would seem.

One way out is to not believe in predestination, which many people, perhaps most believers do, because predestination seems to create unsoluble logical problems.  People disbelieve in predestination, not because it is not taught in the Bible, but because it raises questions for which they seem to be no answers.  Or, they interpret predestination into meaning little or nothing . . . so that God’s predestining a person really has accomplished nothing for God or that person.

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