Can we extricate ourselves from Molinism?
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I have thought of an example to illustrate the Thomistic doctrine of election.  Comments and critiques are welcome.

Imagine two Catholic men, both obviously baptized and receiving the sacraments and as far as we can tell, in a state of grace.  Both of these men strike up a fancy for their neighbors' wives and become adulterers.  Thus we consider two men, fallen from grace, entirely by their own free will.  No one forced them to start sleeping around with the woman next door.

The first man persists in his adultery.  He eventually even leaves the Church and joins the Episcopalian Church so that he can get a bogus marriage with the woman of his affair.  He is reprobate and he goes to hell.

Now consider the second man, also an adulterer, except this man is convicted by the Holy Ghost.  He feels stronger and stronger the guilt of his crime and despite his efforts to rationalize it, cannot shake the thought of hell.  He continues to go to Church, though he does not receive the sacraments.  One day he picks up the Bible, urged on by the Holy Ghost, and he opens to say 1 Corinthians 6:18.  Filled with remorse, the man heads down to the nearest Church for Penance and returns to the life of grace.

The first man is reprobate.  The second man is elect.  Suppose further that the second man was given more graces than the first man, though both men had the opportunity to confess their sins.  Would there be any injustice in God?  Did God force either to sleep with his neighbors' wife?  Or in the first case did God simply allow the man to follow his own will into hell?  What defense will the first man have before the judgment seat of Christ?

Admittedly, there may be problems with this example, but it might illustrate the ideas a little more tangibly.  
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Re: Can we extricate ourselves from Molinism? - by Christus Imperat - 07-21-2011, 08:56 AM



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