I think one of Babinski’s problems is that he’s just a librarian. As such, he’s good at quoting other people. He can copy/paste lots of stuff from databases.
But he has no analytical skills. Indeed, for a librarian, he lacks basic reading skills.
Mind you, not all librarians suffer from his intellectual impediments. Among other things, John Warwick Montgomery is a librarian, but he also has an analytical mind.
EDWARD T. BABINSKI SAID:
“Steve, Your mind must work overtime attempting to reconcile what you think is ‘good’ with what the Bible says about God, heaven, hell, infants dying, etc.”
Which has precisely nothing to do with my post. I simply evaluated an argument that some abortionists use against Christians.
I’ve already discussed the goodness of God in relation to all these other issues, but that wasn’t the point of this post.
“Do you really believe that God pre-arranged every which way each infant would perish and made sure that he implanted eternally saved souls inside each such infant?”
i) I explicitly said in my post that I have no firm position on the salvation of every dying infant. Try not to be such a knucklehead. Can’t you even read? How can you work at an academic library, but have such lamentable reading skills?
ii) Since, however, I am I Calvinist, then by definition I believe that God has prearranged when and where everybody is born and everybody dies. And he prearranged each life in relation to every other life, so that each and every life will contribute to his overall plan.
iii) From a Reformed standpoint, there’s no antecedent objection to the possibility that God prearranged all dying infants to be elect infants.
“So, you know God's secret concerning every infant that has died? They're all going to heaven?”
Let’s see. What did I say at the outset of my post? I said “I myself don’t have a firm position on the fate of infants. That’s because the Bible has so little to say one way or the other.”
How do you infer from that disclaimer that I know God’s “secret” concerning every infant that has died?
Do you really think it helps the glorious cause of infidelity when you’re such a dunderhead?
“Or are you admitting that you're simply inventing your own personal best guess?”
Since I didn’t speak to the issue one way or the other, I didn’t hazard a guess. What’s your problem, Ed? Was English your second language? Are you still laboring to master the rudiments of English?
“Maybe God does damn some people no matter how young. It's his Calvinist right to do so, isn't it?”
“Didn't Calvin himself believe in infant damnation as well as Jonathan Edwards?”
“You really know nothing certain concerning this situation as I believe you admitted.”
So what accounts for all of your addlebrained imputations to the contrary?
“You've merely added another guess that you and other Calvinists might like to believe.”
I didn’t advance a position of my own. I merely answered the abortionist on his own terms. Do you lack the intelligence to grasp that rather obvious counterargument?
“I spoke with a Calvinist mother of many children via email. She was a member of Phelps' church, and she told me she was distressed over a miscarriage or two she'd suffered, and the fate of that soul. She was suffering over the very real possibility of infant damnation, one of her own infants.”
If she’s a Calvinist, she ought to attend a Reformed church rather than Westboro cult. Indeed, she wouldn’t have to attend a Reformed church to improve on Westboro.
“Yet you can't prove to her or anyone else just what DID happen to that tiny infant.”
i) If you’re attempting to use this as a pressure point against my Christian faith or Reformed belief-system, your tactic will backfire. It’s not as if atheism holds out any hope for the eternal fate of dying infants.
I prefer some hope to no hope. So if it’s a choice between hopefulness and hopelessness, Calvinism and atheism, then there’s still no comparison. Not evenclose.
Atheism is the counsel of despair. Not a flicker of hope. Just a smoldering wick where a person used to be.
ii) I’m not in the business of offering false assurance. However, I can say the following:
a) God will do right by every dying child.
b) God knows our feelings. Indeed, God gave us our feelings (i.e. maternal, paternal feelings).
God knows what we need in this life and the next. No Christian will suffer an inconsolable loss.
“So, don't you live with disconcerting and diverse views concerning the ETERNAL damnation of babies?”
i) What’s that suppose to mean, exactly? I myself don’t hold diverse and disconcerting views regarding the fate of dying infants. To be disconcerted, I’d have to hold a view which I find disconcerting.
ii) Or do you mean I live with the knowledge that diverse views exist on the subject? Yes. So what?
iii) Keep in mind, too, that "baby" is misleading. It's not as if dying infants are frozen at that age for all eternity, and thereby cease to mature physically and psychologically.
“You admit you really don't know and the Bible gives you little clue.”
That’s the walk of faith. To trust, to pray, and to wait. To live in hope and thankfulness.