I am currently taking Jeff Cavin’s “The Great Bible Adventure” in my church, and we had to read the following, and I need help interpreting the ultimate meaning:
In Genesis, it speaks specifically about how God chose Jacob (Israel) before he (Jacob) had a chance to do anything good or bad. He was not chosen because he was better, but chosen because of God’s love. In fact, Jacob performed many acts of deceit, as his name implies.
In Romans, it reiterates that God chose Jacob for a greater plan. Specifically in Romans 9:13, it says, “I loved Jacob but hated Esau.” * “hated” means love less.
In John 6, 65, it says, “And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father’”.
So… it seems to me from these passages that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love, which I already know, but I also read into these passages that God loves some more and some less and chooses who will be able to come to the Father.
The first part (loving more and loving less) seems to be not in alignment with my understanding of God’s love, that he loves us equally. Could it simply mean that he blesses some more than others, or is literal to mean he just doesn’t love some as much as others?
The second part (who he chooses to come to the Father) seems reminiscent of Calvinism, which promotes predestination. I know that is not a tenet of the Catholic faith.
So how do I reconcile or correctly interpret these passages?