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“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
New Year’s resolutions have a reputation as being notoriously unreliable. Around the beginning of every new year, I find comics in the paper joking about how short New Year’s resolutions are. It is easy to promise to live better, but far easier to fall back into old habits. Yet, for the Christian, there is a promise that we can rest in: If we believe in Christ, then we have been made new, and, though we may struggle to overcome the temptations of this world and our desires, we know that we will never truly fall out of the arms of Jesus.

Through the atonement, the death of Christ on the Cross, our old self was crucified. We have been raised up to new life, and nothing the world sends at us can take that away. Even our own failures cannot undo what Christ has done. He resolved to live among us, and to atone for our wrongs at the Cross. No matter how much our resolve may falter, we know that God’s resolve never will. He has resolved to make us like him, and no mistakes that we might make will prevent him from fulfilling that resolution.

Another old Facebook post…

Note: I am adding this update on 8/13/2011. Since I have written the below, my understanding of Biblical hermeneutics has grown. I have come to realize more fully that just the number of verses supporting a theological doctrine does not necessarily support that doctrine. While comparing number of verses with another can shed some light on interpretation, it is the plain text of the verse that holds more weight. Simply what the verse says is more important than how many verses there are. I already knew that when I wrote this essay/list, but my realization of that doctrine has increased. But I firmly believe that reading the plain text of the verse in context to the overall passage and comparing it with the rest of the Bible, will even more strongly support the conclusion I personally reached at the end of the following list. Here ends this update.

One of the most persistent and often divisive issues within Christianity is the debate between the doctrine of unconditional election (often called  the doctrine of predestination) and the doctrine of conditional election (often represented as the doctrine of free will). There are other, multiple points to these beliefs, but I will stick to only the free will and election aspects. The two positions are these:

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