Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love: Lesson 2, question 2

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2. Augustine believes that no matter how evil a person is, there is always some good in that person. How does this help us understand the notion of salvation? Can anyone be "too far gone" from God?

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Hi jslade, I don't know how

Hi jslade,
I don't know how or why Augustine came to that conclusion. And I don't think that this is a matter of degrees of how much evil or less good we can come to have either.
The Bible tells in Roman 9:11 that "for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,". And Philippians 1:6 says, "... He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.".
So, I believe that we have to do what Peter says in 2 Peter 1:10, "Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you;".
If you have been "covered by the blood of Jesus" you are His, and God the Father sees you through the righteousness of His Son. Besides, Jesus says,"... no one will snatch them out of My hand ". (John 10:28).

To me, the big question would be this:
How sure I can be that God have called and chosen me?
My answer is this, I was converted two decades ago, and no matter how people see me, or how sinful I am yet, I know that I know that God has done a good work in me. I'm not the person I used to be. I can see what God has done through these years, "not as a result of works (of mine), so that I may boast" as Ephesians 2:9, but as Philippians 1:11 says, "having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God ."
May God bless you.