The Biggest Conundrum in the Bible: The Nature of Salvation

Jakub Ferencik
5 min readAug 2, 2022

I have always been interested in the Bible.

I was raised a Christian and quickly adopted Reformed theology. I believed in the Five Points of Calvinism by the age of 16 because of the influence of Christian intellectuals like R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, and John Piper.

Then I left Christianity after moving to Oxford, England.

Over the years, I have thought a lot about Christianity, to the extent that I released a book on the topic, titled Up in the Air: Christainity, Atheism & the Global Problems of the 21st Century.

There’s a lot of problems with Christianity. But one always stood out to me. Let me explain.

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Let me get straight to the point in this post.

For myself, the biggest conundrum in the Bible is the nature of salvation and to what extent people are “free” to choose God.

It’s clear that unbelievers are held accountable for their rejection of the Gospel because they do not have a valid excuse for not believing in God (Rom 1:19). At the same time, the Bible says that the Gospel is “veiled to those who are perishing” (2 Cor 4:3).

It was because of this that Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in parables “because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear” (Mat 13:13 ESV).

So, why would God hold people accountable for truths that are veiled to them?

It is highly confusing that unbelievers are held accountable for something they have not done. It is a mystery that God is currently punishing us for being born into a sinful condition that we did not choose.

And “free will” is not a satisfactory answer to anyone who has considered how little we genuinely choose in this world.

Adam and Eve decided to fall, and here we are, hundreds of thousands of years later, still being sent to Hell for a choice we had no hope to participate in.

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Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | RA for EUROPEUM Prague | 700+ articles with 1+ mil. views