**VociMike asked me a question I get asked alot. **
If the elect are saved, and if the rest are damned, then what is the point of any of your posts? What difference can all of your scripture citations possibly make to anybody? I am very serious in asking this question.
**Our 21st Century notion of what predestination means is not the same as what Paul wrote about in the 1st Century. I don’t say this to boast, my intent is to share what I’ve learned. I’ve studied the doctrine of predestination on a weekly basis for nine years. Over the course of the past two years, through the help of many thoughtful catholics within this board, I have studied RCC doctrine regarding predestination. I agree with the Church doctrine that I’ve read, and I’m not a RC.
In order to study predestination, or any doctrine of scripture is to first, define the word. I know it may sound elementary to most, but it is always worth repeating, the Bible was not written in English. The Old Testement was written in Hebrew. The New Testement was written in Greek. The English Language, as we know it, was a 1000 years away from even being thought of – let along written down. Therefore, the King James Bible – and all other English Bibles are full of bad translations. Is that important? For that reason along, I don’t believe in Sola Scriptura.