I have a few disagreements with Plantinga over a few issues. At one point Plantinga claims that we humans have certain unalienable rights. He says “ Sixth, the declaration, ‘Let us create man in our image’ implies a range of human responsibilities, including those associated with earthkeeping and creativity. But it also secures rights, including the right to respect, the right to life, and the right to certain freedoms. These are unalienable rights.” I disagree with Plantinga about this. I do not think that we have a right to anything. If we ever had any rights they were lost in the fall. We deserve nothing but hell. We cannot claim any rights because no one can give us rights but God, and the rights Plantinga claims that we have are not biblically founded at all.
Another issue that I have has been a large theological issue for years; this issue is common grace. Plantinga speaks of how everything that God created in this earth retains some of its goodness after the fall. I disagree with this statement. As follows Calvin’s TULIP we are all totally depraved, which means there is no good left in us. When Adam ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil he died spiritually and thus all his descendants inherited this spiritual death, “The day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” The elect are only able to do good by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This grace fills us with the Holy Spirit which allows us to do God glorifying works. If the work is not done to the glory of God, then it is not a good work. This is why the bandit loving his mother was not a good work. I do not presume to say whether this bandit is saved or not, but Plantinga implied that he was a reprobate. We must remember that our purpose on this earth is to glorify God in all that we do. A wicked man could love his mother, yes, but he would not be glorifying the Lord in doing it. We must remember that even our best works are shrouded in sin, and it is only through the grace of our Father in heaven that He sent His Son to the cross that He might purify the souls of the elect and thus allow our works to be pure. The wicked do not have that gracious sacrifice, and thus they have black hearts that corrupt every work they do. I do not see any evidence that the Lord has a common grace that he has given to all men.