Two of the more fascinating recent thinkers of the faith, at least by my count, C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer, are often appreciated resources in my own feeble attempt to snag a wee portion of wading deeper. Regarding their thought to that often debated topic, election and free-will, if I might lean on your tolerant patience, here is my summary statement that does little justice to all the compiled wordage these men have gifted us with;
We pilfer quite the same loot from a sovereign God when we give ourselves no say-so as when we give ourselves any at all.
A person can only read but so much before recognizing that there are valid arguments stemming from both ends of an irreconcilably divided library. One defense utilizes an array of verses and the other responds with a selection au contraire.
CS Lewis, I think, cautioned against our infatuation with these, maybe the unknowable; advising,
“…it is dangerous to prescribe what God must have done — especially when we cannot, for the life of us, see that He has after all done it.”
There is something, probably much, of this faith that remains a mystery still, and we will not be unwise to plod on with with our inquiries, but to do so with bitter animosity and dogmatic anger on behalf of one pole or the other seems to demonstrate a denial of reality, that two thousand years of squabble has yet to resolve the matter.