Calvin on Predestination

John Calvin was a Protestant figure who believed strongly in the idea of predestination, the idea that it has been determined by God that some will be saved and some will be damned. Calvin said that God owes a debt to no man, and that He predestines some to eternal life out of mercy, not because a person has somehow earned the right to enter heaven. He said that each and every person has been created for the end of either salvation or destruction. He argued against those who said that predestination makes the judgment of God unequal, saying that God has the power to show mercy to anyone he wishes, and to administer justice on anyone he pleases. Calvin said that when God saves, he saves out of mercy, and when he damns, he gives what humanity deserves.


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