“To be determined by God’s election is really the final mystery of every human life.”
“What is your life?”
One of the preeminent questions which confronts every thinking person is this: As a human being, what am I really? At bottom, what am I before anything else? What is my most basic essence?
The Christian tradition answers such questions variously. Any orthodox theological anthropology notes that we human beings are “created,” “good,” “in the Image of God,” “contingent,” “finite,” “embodied,” and yes, “sinful.” For the Christian, these are all indispensable words to describe the nature of human beings. But which is the foremost? Personally, I can only answer the question this way: before anything else—more than anything else—I am chosen.
This declarative statement may take some aback. Is not “createdness” the most basic attribute of the human being, just as “Creator” is the most…
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