Choosing Evil And Dutch Translation Of Site

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Hi R____,
Thank you for this update. I find this all to be very exciting.

You ask about why Judas and Esau chose evil over good. Your analysis is exactly right. They both do exactly what they were caused to do by God Himself. Here is the last paragraph of that section of that paper:

He was not rejected because he chose to despise his birthright, but he chose to despise his birthright “that the purpose of God might stand…” (Rom. 9:11). His choice was a God- caused choice “that the purpose of God according to election [ before he was born] might stand…” Every choice made by either Jacob or Esau was a caused choice… caused by “principalities [ and]… powers in the celestials” (Eph. 6:12).

What you may be struggling with is my use of the words ‘choose’ or the word ‘choice.’ We must be careful never to deny that we all do make choices by the hundreds and thousands every day. That we do make choices is manifestly true, and we must never deny this truth. The scriptures even agree with this truth:

Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [ were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

What the natural man cannot see is the truth that every single choice any man has ever made in all of mankind’s history has been a caused choice, caused by the great Cause of all. There is not exception to this rule. This is both a scriptural and a scientific fact. Nothing happens that is not caused to happen:

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Does this mean virtually everything? What do the scriptures teach?

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

So if ever you see me pointing out that we do make decisions, please remember that I am never, Lord willing, saying that we do so apart from the sovereign all powerful, hand of God “working all things after the counsel of His own will.”
I hope this is of some help to you. Please keep me posted when you get your site up. It will be the first time these writings have been translated into another language.
God bless you both as you strive through Him to be of service to Him.

Your brother in Christ,

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