Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” (Romans 9:20)
God is NOT an Inflexible Dictator
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)
“That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25)
Commentary: God invites us into dialogue to reason with Him. He allows for us to reverently and respectfully question His judgements and will, in many cases, change His decree based on our conversations with Him (see Gen. 18:26).
Herschel H. Hobbs writes, “‘Repliest’ renders a participle of a compound verb meaning to give off a judgment against, to answer in contradiction or contention" (Romans: A Verse by Verse Study, p. 120). The problem was not that God was being questioned, but that He was questioned with arrogance and disrespect. The Amplified Bible reads, “….who are you, O man, who answers [arrogantly] back to God and dares to defy Him?” Paul was not teaching that God inflexibly does things while daring us to question Him. God is not a tyrant.
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