If we could choose "righteousness" all on our own, why did Jesus have to die? I'm pretty convinced that the only "right" thing we can choose to do on our own is fall at His feet and claim HIS righteousness and all the Grace that comes with that--and, we can't even do that until we see ourselves in need of that. The call is personal. The relationship is personal. There has to be a moment in time for each and every one of us where we KNOW we have entered into LIFE with Jesus. We are all like Lazarus, dead in our graves, until we hear Jesus calling us forth. Dead men and women cannot bring themselves to life.
This is extremely well said; however it is not Calvinist because, even though the personal choice is to simply fall at the feet of the Lord, it is still personal choice.
It is impossible for us to be righteous in our own strength or to even consider the power of our choice to be stronger than the evil which our hearts store. This is where the argument of these different voices fails; it doesn't understand the truth behind the choice that one makes. I cannot make a choice to fight my carnal nature alone and be saved. However, as you so beautifully put it, I can choose to believe the truth that in Him all things are possible and fall at His feet in surrender.
I firmly believe that many parables and Scriptures support Mike's point about God calling everyone (2Peter 3:9) and that it is His desire that none should fail to choose life. When we do choose life, that in no way detracts from the Truth that life is only available to us because of what God the Father has done to make it available; but nor does it detract from the fact that if we do not choose life then death is the alternative.
As I look at either A or C I see that one minimizes God's Sovereign power and authority while the other turns God into a despot who creates humans for the fires of hell (or whatever your understanding of hell is). Neither accepts the truth of the other. At first glance, I still need to study more, molinism appears to want to embrace the truths of the other two; and that sounds far more Scripturally sound to me.
Of course, it is the supporters of any one of these concepts who become the opponents of the others. There is a grave danger in having an open mind to the beliefs and ideas of how Scripture is interpreted, but there is also a great need for us to be open to hear the Truth. As we explore these thoughts and ideas in a forum such as this we can become the prophetic counsel that leads us deeper into the Light of Truth.
May we all get eyes to see and ears to hear,
A Revelation of His Word, crystal clear.
Admitting our need to be drawn in,
Less of self, more of Him.
My prayer for us all.
God bless us with the Revelation of His Word, Grahamhttp://www.shekinahcloud.com/page/page/8464330.htm