One of the biggest issues in the Christian church today is too many seek to determine truth by, "What makes me feel good?" or by "What makes sense to me?" or by "What can I understand fully?" or even worse, "What would I do?"
Emotion, our ability to understand as finite creatures, or our sense of morality is never the determiner of truth. God's Word is. So, the question to be asked should be, "What does God's Word say?" And we interpret normally for the literal truth contained.
1st the meme itself: It says, "Welcome to hell reprobate. Don't feel bad! It's not your fault. You were causally determined to be here."
I encounter so many people who think they know Calvinism or think they are experts on it and then clearly have no clue what it actually teaches based on the consistent reading and interpretation of Scripture. This meme does this exactly.
1. "Don't feel bad!" This assumes a person in hell will just "feel bad" that they are there.
2. "It's not your fault." This is satanic at best and utterly satanic at worst. Both the God-haters and the anti-Reformed crowd love to pull this one out even though it is not consistent with Calvinistic teaching. Yes, if you find yourself in hell, the Bible is clear that there is no one else to blame but yourself. To say that it is "not your fault" is a gross misrepresentation of both Scripture and Calvinism. Both teach that the unregenerate will not only be at fault for being in hell due to their own unrepentant sin but also that God did not cause it to happen to them. It was due to their own sin. God simply passes over them.
There is a HUGE difference between God doing what is necessary to save His elect and God simply passing over the non-elect. This meme demonstrates the "Error of Equal Ultimacy."
3. "You were casually determined to be here." This is a pathetic assumption of Calvinism. First of all, see my 2nd point about the error of Equal Ultimacy. Also, to imply or even state that God's election is casual in nature is not only a gross misrepresentation but also a complete misrepresentation of the character and attributes of God Himself. To suggest that God would do something "casually" shows an understanding of God not based on Scripture.
The Bible does not teach that man is a free moral agent. I know that man loves to think of himself as a free moral agent and Satan certainly loves for man to think that he is one but the Bible just simply does not teach this to be true.
One of the worst error-filled views not in the sense of a "test of fellowship" but just in the sense of how much it affects your overall theology is synergism. I would never say someone would have to be a Calvinist to be a Christian because it is not a foundational or definitional issue to the historic Christian faith. However, it does affect a vast amount of a person's theology, so it is vitally important to not only discuss but make sure we are consistent with Scripture, rather than twisting Scripture to be consistent with us. I will point out though that many who are anti-Reformed and anti-Calvinist love to question our salvation based on these matters but that is a story for another day.
Synergism places man in a spot where he not only should not be but also in a place he very obviously can't be in regards to revealed Scripture. Synergism teaches that man is sovereign in his salvation because as much as God may "want" to save someone, He can't unless that person "accepts" or "receives" God into his heart. This makes God reactionary and this is 100% removed from what Scripture teaches.
Man is not a free moral agent. The Bible (Rom. 6, Rom. 8, etc.) teaches that man is not only dead in his sins but is hostile (Col. 1) towards God, lacks peace with God (Col. 1), and is in slavery to sin (Rom. 6). Man is either a slave to sin or s slave to Christ. Man is born in the slave-market of sin and is in bondage to his sin. Now, while it is 100% true that man makes choice and is responsible for his choices and it is ultimately his own sin that condemns him to hell, it is also true that he is not making those choice free and independent of any influence. The only autonomous Being in the universe is the One who created the universe. God is the only One who makes choices free of any influence whatsoever.
When man is saved and regenerated, he is made alive in Christ and now has become a slave of righteousness. The spiritual war is between the redeemed and holy soul/spirit of man and the sinful humanness that he resides in until the future glorification of his body.
So, the correct view is what is called compatibilism as it is defined in Reformed Theology which is fully consistent with Scripture. God is sovereign. There is nothing that God is not in control of and there is nothing that happens that God did not predetermine either through his active decree or through His sovereign will. Man is responsible for his own choices and actions. If man does not repent of his sin and place his faith and trust in the atonement of Christ, he will remain under the condemnation of sin for all eternity and will pay for his sins in the eternal state.
The Bible teaches both God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. We will not and cannot understand how these are compatible but the Bible teaches that they both are true. Thus, they must be compatible in the sovereign will and decrees of God. While we may not understand it, we must accept and believe it because that is what the Bible teaches.
If God is not sovereign, then we can trust nothing.
Regardless of all of it, man still loves to forget one very important point: God is God and we are not. Without God, nothing would exist and the fact that He is God presupposes that He has the right to do with His creation whatever He pleases.
With that in mind, we must seek to find and understand what God has revealed about Himself, what He has revealed about mankind, and what He has revealed about how we can be in right relationship with Him. The Bible speaks very clearly on all of these important matters.