Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week. As you might have noticed, I did not post a SciFi novel update this week. Sorry, I’ve been really, really busy, working a lot. But now I’m going to finish up this Calvinism Vs. Arminianism series, and talk about The Lamb’s Book of Life. As you might know Calvinist believe that there are two books, “The Lambs Book of Life”, and “The Book of Life”. We’re going to crack this case open using a bunch of scripture, so let’s get to it!
A Calvinist Perspective
The Calvinist believe that there are two books, “The Book of Life”, and “The Lamb’s Book of Life”. This theory is needed to support their belief of OSAS (Once Saved Always Saved). Psalms 69:28 says, “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous”. This verse alone throws out the idea of once saved only saved if in fact your name can be erased from the book of life. That is why the Calvinist came up with the explanation that there are two books. “The Lamb’s Book of Life”, which is the list of the redeemed, and “The Book of Life”, which is a universal record of man. Now there are some verses that refer to “The Book of Life” (Rev. 3:5, 13:18, 17:8, 20:15, 22:19, and Phil. 4:13) while there are other references to “The Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev 13:8, and 21:27 ) Now notice in all of these verses that speak of “The Lamb’s Book of Life” notice that Lamb’s is spelled apostrophe “s”. In the English language an apostrophe shows possession. Now Daniel 7:10 does say “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened“, but there are only two verses in the entire bible that mention two books. The other is Rev. 20:12.
The Arminian Perspective
The Arminians on the other side believe that there are two books. One being the “Lamb’s Book of Life” (which is the same as “The Book of Life”) and then there’s a second book which holds the records of all men. They say that there is no evidence of two books of life. Well let’s talk about that.
Honestly I don’t understand how the Calvinist come up with these ideas. Well I understand how, I don’t understand why people buy it. Why would they assume there are two books of life just because it’s named differently. Examine the two titles The Lamb’s Book of Life, and The Book of Life. “Lamb’s” is possessive, and we know that it is Christ’s book so, how can you say they are different? It’s the same thing as saying “that’s a pencil”, and “that’s Michael’s pencil”. There aren’t two pencils! You cannot stretch the meaning of scripture to fit your theology, and if you’re theology is not based off of scripture, then your theology is false. Then we come across this verse, Exodus 32:32-33,”Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book”. BOOM! There’s some major evidence that your name can in fact be blotted out of The Book of Life. So that throws OSAS out the window, but wait, it doesn’t because you believe that there are two books…. Well I’ve shown you the evidence that disproves two separate books of life, so if you go ahead and accept that, then you will also have to accept that OSAS is a false teaching.
I hope that you will really research this topic and pray about it. This is only what I have come to after studying the verses on both sides, I can’t force you to believe anything, you have to come to that conclusion yourself. Have a good week everyone! Next weeks topic is sure to stir up some conversation.