Theonomy and the dating of revelation

For therefore (as Ignatius shows in the same place) they denied the Eucharist to be the Flesh of the Lord, because they denied the Lord to have Flesh.

If then in the Judgment of your Cardinal these Heretics were no Calvinists, Ignatius in condemning them, neither condemns Calvinists, nor countenances Transubstantiators: What we teach, that the Elements are Sacramental Signs of Christ's Body, is as inconsistent with the Sentiments of those Heretics as Transubstantiation, since such Figures of a Body (as Tertullian argues against the Marcionites) prove the Reality of Christ's Flesh, and that it was no Phantom, which can have no Figure.

Calvinists and freewill theists give different answers. Because the high wears off, they are constantly on the lookout for something wax indignant about.

A friend asked me to comment on this old screed by Rachel Held Evans: I rarely read RHE. The moral satisfaction of waxing judgmental gives them a temporary high. In her post, RHE uses John Piper as a foil to attack Calvinism in general. I say gratuitous because that has nothing to do with natural evil.

Because the experience of natural evil is sometimes an example of God's retributive or remedial punishment, we should make allowance for that explanation as a possible interpretation, but we mustn't presume that to be the case.

A natural disaster is judicial insofar as it is related to the curse, dating back to the fall, but it's not necessarily judicial in terms of divine punishment for a recent transgression.

Heresy is prolific of Heresy, and their Disbelief of the Incarnation made them reject the Eucharist, lest they would be forced to confess the Flesh of Christ.

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But in a sense that compensates for all the crimes he got away with.Rather, I think the Fall made humans liable to suffer natural evils.God's providential protection was withdrawn from sinners, thereby exposing them to natural harm.Thus your Cardinal Bellarmine answers for us (Bellarmine On the Eucharist, book 1, chapter 1, p.400), Lest the Calvinists (says he) should Glory of the Antiquity of their Opinion, it is to be observed, that those ancient Heretics did not so much oppose the Eucharist as the Mystery of the Incarnation.

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