I encountered a fascinating quote by Tertullian today (referring to 1 Cor.11:19):
Unquestionably the Divine writings are more fruitful in affording resources for any kind of subject. Nor do I hesitate to say that the Scriptures themselves were arranged by the will of GOD in such a manner as to afford material for heretics, inasmuch as I read that there must be heresies, which cannot exist without the Scriptures. – De praescriptione haereticorum [On the Prescription of Heretics] XXXIX, English trans. T.H.Bindley, 1914.
This seems to speak to the intent of God to give people over to their rebellions. Tertullian apparently regarded the Scriptures as intentionally written in a manner that would be conducive to distortions in order to prove those who would belong to the Lord and those who would not. A fascinating proposal to say the least. This would nuance the doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture and speak to issues of election and connectedly…to revelation. What are your thoughts on this?