In a remote corner of the cosmos, God sent Jesus the Christ for the redemption of mankind. And though this all unfolded far from human eyes, it was necessary so that God would be able to allow himself to save those he felt like saving, and damn those he felt like damning; as no person’s actions sway God about a person’s eternal destination at all. All of this, unbeknownst to mankind so that the Gospel is this: you may be screwed, or you may not. Whether you believe or even know this or that doesn’t matter, since this implies man has something to do with his salvation, and certainly that’s not the case!
But being that God is omnipotent and since it isn’t logically impossible to do, God never sent Jesus if predestination entails to making humanity acceptable to Himself since He can simply forgive sins full stop. We know Jesus existed, and if sent for a purpose, it necessarily is because men have the ability to accept and resist the grace of God (if by “grace” one means something other than “the goodness in the world man is drawn to”). The Calvinist is perfectly fine, after all, to assert man’s obliviousness to either goodness or evil; though for some reason he’d want to damn the human animal but not the lion, the wolf, the butterfly.
All of this entails a dilemma however. Jesus must matter and human free will must matter and in some way, the Calvinist must adjust his sails. If not, there’s no reason for Jesus at all and there can’t be any teleological reason human beings exist at all, for God could have merely created his desired end having no need for a “middle” at all. And, there can’t be any glory in a “middle” that is utterly existent for the fact that God literally must damn some to Hell. After all, we all perfectly understand that the ends don’t justify the “middles” (and if the only reason we know this is because God is why we recognize this “good”, then no rational person would assert a “middle” is necessary)! And in the very same thought, we also know that neither the idea of property nor power makes any action or decision moral.
So, since predestination and foreknowledge have nothing to do with each other, and since Jesus existed but cannot be necessary to a predetermining God, God cannot be predetermining because the life and death and “afterlife” of Jesus actually is necessary.
It becomes clear too that again, because an omnipotent God can do all things logically possible, and since it is logically possible for God to forgive simply full stop, Jesus is not necessary to God for forgiveness, but for people; and this also necessarily relies on the “natural ability” of man.
No Church father prior to the Manichean Augustine believed in total depravity nor in the irresistible “grace” (defined otherwise than as I have defined previously) of God. Instead, in the discovery and reclaiming of a “glass less darkly” as it were, through the life and death of Jesus and in his “afterlife” that is “resurrected” as we “live through him” — which is to live as he lived, seeking to understand why he lived that way. The natural ability of man was never diminished in the otherwise whole of Christendom.
The fact is, Jesus existed among men in plain view in order for mankind to respond in a very genuine, human way. One way was to kill him and what he represented. Another is to pick up where he left off, living as he lived, faithful to what he represented.
Except that Calvinism is popular in Churches, I am otherwise pleased at the very large extent it is rejected in Theology, a marginal blip on its radar and even in popular, Western Christianity, being abandoned as irrelevant and immoral; the very reasons Theologians in general reject it.
Just a thought.