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If you have a misunderstanding about Arminianism, it's one of perspective.

One of my problems with Arminianism is that it appears God is not in charge.

I think of God's control over His creation like a military general. Does a general actively control each private's every move? No. What he does is train them to do what will win in the end. He gives them situationally similar scenerios (alliteration :-) to the war that they are being prepared for. He gives them offensive, defensive and communications equipment. He teaches them to use each piece effectively. At different levels of development (and according to aptitudes), He instills in them strategies, ways of dealing with enemies, instructions for managing subordinates, a respect and ability to perceive specific talents and/or abilities in subordinates in order to develop them. He gives them a chain of authority to which they should submit and entrust their lives. He does everything he can to make sure that they are fully prepared, but he won't fight the battle for them.

Of course, this is a human situation being compared to divinity, but much of the comparison stands. Gathering an men is not very difficult. However, making an army out of these men is quite an undertaking.

God is not dependent on us, but He does want us to be matured sons - not just a bunch of babies to look after all eternity. Maturity is a process - a process that God has graciously allowed for His creation.

The Father has decreed, before the world's foundations were laid, that His Son should be betrothed to a Bride that has been prepared by the Holy Spirit to be Holy, even as He is Holy, and without spot or wrinkle.

The preparation of Esther is a great parallel to this Bridal preparation that the Holy Spirit has charge over.

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