I will finally read Calvin's Institutes, and any other relevant teaching by John Calvin, and settle the Calvinism debate, in my mind, once and for all. I do wish someone would talk me out of it though, because it seems like there are so many more productive things to be doing. But it's either consider Calvin, or tune out a significant portion of the Christian world. And this is the only hope I see for my weathering the debate on Calvinism. Why....? Because the answer as to whether Calvin satisfactorily proved his ideas from scripture has to be in his writings somewhere. And if I can find it, I'm going to be way ahead of alot of Calvinists from whom I have sought ready scriptural support for Calvin's doctrine. And if I can't find it, then I will have to debate it no longer. I'm sure it will be several months before I'm satisfied that I understand. But I did order the two volumes from Amazon today.
Whatever is claiming to have its basis in the knowledge and wisdom of God is going to have to pass the test of His criteria.
From Proverbs 8:
"Listen, for I will speak noble things; and the opening of my lips will reveal right things."
"For my mouth will utter truth; and wickedness is an adomination to my lips."
"All the utterances of my lips are in righteousness; there is nothing crooked or perverted in them."
"They are all straightforward to him who understands; and right to those who find knowledge."
"I, wisdom, dwell in prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion."
This is my greatest fear going in...
"Where there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,..."
"But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. "