Calvinists teach that God ordains whatsoever comes to pass for His greatest glory... John Calvin wrote, "Hence we maintain that, by his providence, not heaven and earth and inanimate creatures only, but also the counsels and wills of men are so governed as to move exactly in the course which he has destined....Men do nothing save at the secret instigation of God, and do not discuss and deliberate on anything but what he has previously decreed with himself, and brings to pass by his secret direction." John Piper echoes such teaching, "So when I say that everything that exists — including evil — is ordained by an infinitely holy and all-wise God to make the glory of Christ shine more brightly, I mean that, one way or the other, God sees to it that all things serve to glorify his Son.” As evidenced on this forum and in other notable writings, Calvinists also teach that Arminian doctrine steals from the Glory of God, but isn't that a contradiction? Either God ordained Arminian doctrine (just as He does all things) for His greatest glory or the Arminian teachings steal from God's glory. It can't be both, can it? How can one claim that God unchangeable ordained X for his greatest glory, while at the same time claiming that X lessens that glory? Is this a Calvinistic contradiction?