'God is an eternal trinity of love. This means that it is unthinkable for him to act toward any creature in a way that does not pursue that creature’s highest good. We cannot, therefore, believe in the Calvinist doctrine of election, the limitation of the atonement to the elect, or the abhorrent idea that anyone might be abandoned to eternal punishment.'
How should such a statement be argued against? Some of the points emerging from class-time were;
- All depends how you define 'good' and 'love'.
- God is love, but he's also a lot of other things too. These attributes are not in competition - God is 'simple' in this sense.
- A lot of biblical texts seem to talk about election/ particular redemption/ eternal punishment. How can we just write them off?
- God is most concerned for his glory. That is, his trinitarian love commits him to seeking the good/ honour/glorification of himself. He is glorified when he punishes sinners as well as when he saves them.
- The Father really really loves the Son and wants him to be firstborn of many brothers.
- The Father really really loves the Son and that is bad news for those who disobey the Son.