Total Depravity? Not in the Bible!
The idea of "Total Depravity" is a Calvinist (reformed theology) concept and forms the "T" in their TULIP acronym.
The definition of Total Depravity as defined by the Calvinist website & ministry 'CARM' is this: "Man is completely touched/affected by sin in all that he is . . . Furthermore, this total depravity means that the unregenerate will not, of their own free will, choose to receive Christ."
The Calvinist believes that nobody can choose to believe in Christ, faith must be forced upon them by God. If that's the case then most of the Bible is simply there to deceive us! Throughout the pages of the Bible God yearns for people to make the right choice and profess faith in Him.
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" - Matthew 23:37
Before disproving this, it needs to be said that any Biblical concept or doctrine must first prove itself, meaning that one cannot simply posit an idea and expect an opponent of the idea to go through the labor of thoroughly disproving it. The fact is that there is not a single verse in all of Scripture to support the idea that people are unable to turn to God unless He forces them to do so.
The idea that humans do not have free-will is a pagan idea plagiarized by Augustine and has been an infection in the church since about 412 A.D. https://www.titusmin.com/post/a-review-the-foundation-of-augustinian-calvinism-by-ken-wilson
All 5 points of the Calvinist TULIP lack sufficient Biblical support, but because of their widespread usage and acceptance among various denominations it is worthwhile to construct a rebuttal.
Anyways, if Total Depravity (and mankind's alleged inability to respond to the gospel) had any truth, we would need to question countless verses of God calling to His people to turn to Him. Why would Jesus say, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt. 4:17) if the people He was talking to were unable to do so? Was He just teasing them or provoking them? No, our God cannot lie and He does not deceive.
God desires ALL to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), but He will not force it.
God calls us to turn to Him, and we are held responsible for our choice.
”Choose you this day whom ye will serve!”
"And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." - Luke 7:50
For a more in-depth look and further information on this please visit the following link and watch the short video below:
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