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J. Remington Bowling | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 9 2019 3:19 PM

From Abelard's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans:

"Question Two

And another question is, why is God said to hand someone over to other sins for his preceding sins and to do this by his righteousness, since he who is handed over deserved this? Is God also the author or cause of sin? By withdrawing his grace he seems to compel a person to sin, who might not be able to keep himself clear from sin when grace is withdrawn, just as someone who, for whatever reason, takes the ship away from him who is between the waves and abandons him there, actually compels him to die.

Question Three

The third question is, how is it just for God to withdraw his grace from the wicked, so that when it has been withdrawn, that person becomes worse and sins more, unless of course it is just for him to become worse and to sin more, that is, to offend and condemn his Creator even more? But who says that this, which is very unjust, is just, since a sinner ought rather to come to his senses than to add to his sins? For if it was just for him to sin more, how might he be judged responsible or even said to sin by doing that which was certainly just for him to do? But we reserve the answers to these proposed questions for the consideration of our Theology."  (pp. 123-124)

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 9 2019 4:26 PM

How could you just leave us hanging like that!

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