I maintain my point that Calvinists and Armenianists will be battling until the end of time. I agree that @Awesome_Lensfun1 is probably right about Lucky; I’m probably wrong - it’s just an alliterative choice between Lucky and Lucifer like other Aetherlight names. I’m not as familiar with the New Zealand influence on the game; I live in America. I’m sorry for the misconception.
However, I’d rather not be slapped with the “Calvinist” label, simply because that labels me as an antagonist to Armenians. I believe that God’s sovereignty and human choice are not inherently opposed to each other; I believe that they compliment each other. Human choice and our advanced mental abilities are God’s expression of his sovereignty in the world, not a limit on it.
Calvinists tend to believe that God controls everything and that we are powerless in our decision-making - and while in some sense that is true in that we cannot overcome him, if you internalize that powerlessness too much you can end up in depression and feel like your life is meaningless because you can’t do anything. (This is the idea of sin-nature enforced brokenness - you want to be broken as an excuse to avoid doing something.)
On the other hand, if you go to Armenian side of things, you start blaming people for what God brings into their lives and how he interacts with them. “Why can’t you just do this?” You shout at people, irate. “You should be able to fix this thing!” It’s like, modern thought where you have to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and do everything on your own strength - the worst part of it is that you expect others to do everything on their own strength to please you and then blame you when they don’t. This then becomes a license for you to do nasty things to them. It’s abuse, basically. (It’s also pride.)
From that vantage point, both schools of thought are destructive. The way out of this trap is to believe that God works in and through people’s minds and hearts. People have inherent value and God uses them. This belief allows you to stop seeing other people as a means to get what you want - or feeling powerless in the face of them - and instead embrace yourself and other people as God created them to be.
And use Scriptural truth to better help them do what God wants them to do. Because God always gets what he wants - how much you suffer in him getting it is up to you. You either take the Scriptural truth and be sanctified and ride the divine power curve - or you fight God every step of the way and he still gets what he wants in the end as you lay flat on your back in the desert and beg for mercy. Check out the book of Jonah, and contrast that with this:
That being said, I really don’t want to argue this anymore, because every time meet a Calvinist or Armenianist, I know what’s coming. The Calvinists will always tell me that I shouldn’t stand up for myself and that I should give in to what other people want me to do “because it’s God’s will”, and the Armenians will always blame me for not doing enough to “fix” my life to live up to their standards. Sometimes God really does bring people into our lives to test us - we shouldn’t give into their sin natures and let them drag us into sin! And sometimes we humans really are weak and in pain, and we are all unique human beings designed for different things, and so God designs unique trials for each of us. This isn’t a mere intellectual argument anymore for me - it’s gotten personal.
However, I do believe that for @Hans_Oddcraft and @Awesome_Lensfun1, this is still an intellectual argument. I don’t think either of you are intending to be so thoughtless as the examples I have provided, and I’m not accusing you of that. This post is meant to clarify my position on Calvins and Armenians, and maybe serve as a bit of a warning. I do not consider myself an authority on this subject: I believe that God’s relationship to mankind is complex and he relates to each of us in different ways, but never in violation of Scriptural truth.