Thus you will, at some point, ask the following or similar questions:
- When you get cancer, where is God?
- When you get another, serious illness, why did God let this happen?
- When your child is injured, why didn’t God intervene?
- Why are crimes, evil or even gossip permitted?
- I am late for a critical appointment, doesn’t God love me enough as his child to at least make the stop lights go green in my favor?
- Why is my car broken down right now? Why didn’t God warn me? Why won't he help fix it? Why did he let this happen when I desperately need my car in working order?
This is not to say ARCers cannot or do not hold to many correct doctrines, they do, but the err greatly on certain ones and unfortunately, at times, allow this rationalism to even pollute articulations of rightly held doctrines. But this broader consideration is not in view for this post.
Romans 8:26-3026 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
"sovereignty ruling absolutely and ultimately” is not possible if he does not also control all the details. The whole plan is made up of all the details. If one doesn’t control all the details, one doesn’t control the plan.
Oh yes, we acknowledge human culpability but still, God chose them to be saved and they are saved because God made that choice for them, he preplanned it. Hence he, God, made it happen, not them. They chose because they had no other choice since God made the choice for them to make that choice.
Romans 8:31What, then, shall we say in response to these things. If God is for us, who can be against us?
If God loves me so much and does not want me to go to hell nor wants bad things to happen to me, why doesn’t he stop all of it since he is able?
Dear friend, don’t you have children? Don’t you have a husband or wife? Don’t you have friends? Don’t you know someone, somewhere who is doing something which you know can harm them?
Why don’t you stop it?
For God to act with the control of another’s volition is for God to be acting and not that person, this is a prima facie fact that even human courts understand. But lo and behold, our Augustinian brothers and sisters are far too informed for this. To them it is only an illusion and you are not exercising your volition at all. You aren't really making decisions rather, it is all God decreeing to make you do all you will ever do, think or say; he is the one in control, even in control of James Holmes the spree murderer! How dare one blaspheme God so, but let me skip the posturing.