“I would add that Scripture offers a very powerful object lesson from the point of view of ‘equal respect’ in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The essence of Christian ethics is to love your neighbor as yourself, and that our attempt to distinguish between neighbor and non-neighbor is bound to fail. Yet God chooses some to be treated one way, and others to be treated in the opposite way? Isn't Scripture responsible for creating some cognitive dissonance here if Scripture if it at the same time teaches Calvinism?”
Well, the supposed cognitive dissonance is hardly confined to Calvinism. If Reppert is going to apply the parable of the Good Samaritan to God himself, then why doesn’t God act more like the Good Samaritan?
On that view, how does Reppert account for vast disparities in the earthly distribution of blessing and bane? Why does God cause some men and women to be born into privileged families where they have every conceivable advantage while he causes other men and woman to be born into underprivileged families where they have every conceivable disadvantage?
Couldn’t God snap his fingers and make everyone filthy rich?
Isn’t Reppert a philosophy prof.? Why does he habitually disregard so many screaming counterexamples to his facile, repetitious objections?