Well in the end I think I cannot depend on a theology. I must depend on the real person of Jesus. I consider that my salvation, that I know Jesus and that He has always been kind to me. Contrasted with the knowledge that I didn't really deserve it.
Theologies are intellectual systems ... and I guess they have their use for those of us who are intellectual. But somehow, since the day I began seeking God, I have been fond of a simple, untheological faith. That is, anytime I tried to prop up my faith theologically, some problems were solved, but others opened up.
And I cannot sufficiently sift through all the human opinions to find the truth. Calvinism, Arminianism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy ... they all have things going for them. And they have things going against them. We are pushed unto the bible and unto tradition, and seek our answers there. But the truth, brothers, is that we must depend more on Jesus than on His book. To have this bible is wonderful, but it was not written as a guide and contains many mysteries. Theologies, who claim to be guides, cannot decipher the bible completely.
Think of Jesus and the scripture concerning Him ... the jews didn't have much of a clue. They thought the Messiah would immediately bring world peace and fame and honor to the jewish people. After Jesus' ministry and death His followers could understand how everything about Jesus was preannounced in the bible. But before, this had been hidden. And because of this I think it is rather futile to try to decipher the bible completely. Instead we must keep the few things we know for sure, and walk with God humbly and mercifully to other men.
God didn't give me complete certainty. And unlike when I was younger, I am not so interested in this certainty anymore. Instead I want a thoroughly good and meaningful life with Jesus. I want to have good friendships ... I know a woman for a while now, and I find her sweet, maybe we're going to become a couple and marry, she is a christian too and so kind. I feel weakened by life and exhausted ... and I just want to find a real home again, with people I love and who love me. Peace. Happiness. Meaning.
I am not against UR and will probably never be. But it's very important to put Jesus above our theologies. Reason is great and something divine, but not even the greatest of our minds are up to the task of comprehending God. Real wisdom is found in the man who can really happily and peacefully contend himself with what he has been given. Who really developed by God's grace a heart of thankfulness.
I think it's at this place where we must dig. And not forget our neighbor. But our situation and circumstances in this world, that we do not receive exhaustive explanation about our destiny, that is something that requires that we simply trust Jesus with the big things. At least for my side, I am coming to my limits. And it would have been better had I accepted this earlier.