Origins of the Universe,
Biblical Grace, and Biblical Faith
A Philosophical and Theological Perspective
This website is in honor of our Sovereign Lord, who graciously orchestrates the release of those who, without His gracious intervention,
are prisoners of their own wills. Investigating matters of Origins
, by way of scriptures, using some disciplines of Theology
I explore how God's sovereign work of free grace
effects the way that we think, the way that we make decisions,
and ultimately, the way that we live our lives as a result of who we are and what we believe.
There are many well-meaning modern Christian churches that have erroneously dismissed or minimized the sovereign free grace of God in
their doctrinal teachings and preaching by emphasizing more on man's desires and efforts rather than in God's mercy alone regarding salvation
of the lost. (Romans 9:16
) Even though
" by "faith
" to make a personal decision to receive Christ as Savior is a critical
and necessary component of the salvation process, there seems to be something else very necessary occurring from a much deeper spiritual
dimension for anyone to be willing
to do so, beyond what is inherently natural or even possible for the unregenerate
". The problem is that an unregenerate
" does not seek God, (Rom
) and considers such matters as foolishness! (1
) True love for God and the willingness
and capability to practice true spiritual righteousness
is not a natural attribute of the default fallen human condition. We are all inherently governed by the "sinful nature
at birth! Therefore, God's purpose and power, transcendent to man's desires and abilities, is necessary for replacing our sinful
with a holy nature
that can truly connect and relate to God - as someone who has been "saved
from our former identity and all consequences of it.
My investigations are centered around these critical question's; Does man's faith enable God's grace? — Or, does God's
grace enable man's faith? - Or can both be true, or both be false?
I believe that this is important for several reasons.
If only one of these views is truth, then they are dramatically opposed to one another! If both views are true, then circular logic is
involved, leading to an interesting, but rather perplexing and unresolvable paradox of reason. Even though this is not a violation of
any philosophical laws of reason, it minimizes God's grace and man's faith to something meaningless, since each would depend on the other
to be viable. If neither is true, then we are at the mercy of yet another paradox. If neither man's faith nor God's grace is an influence,
it would make one wonder if a path to salvation is possible at all.
I think that most Christian scholars and thinkers would agree that God would not purposefully obscure or oppress such an important truth
in such unresolvable paradoxes. If the truth sets us free
, then there must be some truth here that can be clearly understood.
So for most Christians, only one of these views will be embraced at the very core of their doctrinal belief. Depending on which view
is held, the subsequent behavior of a person, style of evangelism, and opinions on the doctrines of biblical grace will most certainly
be very different! In this modern church age of Arminian apologetics, the most popular view held is the first; that man's faith is ultimately
what influences and enables God's graciousness toward mankind. I would like to apply some rational and objective scrutiny to this doctrine.
To the contrary, I believe the scriptures clearly demonstrates that it is God's sovereign and gracious free gift of supernaturally installed
faith through regeneration of man's spirit, that is the reason that mankind is enabled to exercise true saving faith at all.
There is strong Biblical support suggesting that being willing
to receive Christ by faith, is the result of God's supernatural
work of regeneration
in us, rather than the human vehicle of independent will-power
) If God is responsible for the measure of faith given to us, (Rom
), then it is evident that we could not have developed the faith required for salvation all by ourselves without His
divine intervention by way of His sovereign guidance and amazing grace. According to scripture, we are evidently incapable of coming
to Christ by faith unless God has enabled us to do so. (John
, John 6:44
of this, my convictions have compelled me to research some basic groundwork in the doctrine of Biblical grace
and how it relates
to Biblical faith
. God's amazing grace is our hope, our confidence, and our comfort and is available ONLY through His Son Jesus
Christ. (Acts 4:12
I hope to demonstrate that without the graciousness of God's work of regeneration, which enlightens and frees our enslaved minds and
hearts, we can do nothing righteous on our own, including exercising saving faith in His Son, Christ Jesus. May God receive all of the
honor and glory for His unprecedented graciousness and may we be humbled to a state of utter dependence and loving worship toward Him
as a result.
It is my sincere hope and desire that your visit here will be an encouragement and inspiration along your personal journey.
— John Anning