Statesboro, GA, USA
How can God's sovereignty be taken to extreme? God is either sovereign...or He is not.
I think it would depend upon how God chooses to exert his sovereign rule ... by controlling every atom, or by giving man some freedom of choice. Delegation of certain responsibilities doesn't necessarily imply loss of Sovereignty on God's part.
What I mean by "carrying sovereignty too far", is theoretically devising our own verson of it, where God controls slavishly every molecule, and the will of man to the point that he has no real freedom to choose anything. And I just don't think that's an accurate description of life, or the Bible. And hey, I could be wrong, but it seemed to me that that's what you were saying.
God simply made man to be subject to the temptation.
Simply? What do you mean by "subject to temptation"? That man would be merely vulnerable to sin, or that man would have no ability to choose otherwise?
And it is not your true SELF that is tempted.
Now you're definitely sounding Eastern religious, rather than Biblical. Where does the Bible teach that Adam had something other than a "true self"? God said "The day that you eat of it YOU shall surely die".
The most I can agree with you here, is to say that sin is a separate force (initially) that makes us become other than the individual that pleases and blesses God. The most terrifying aspect of sin, is that we may indeed become, in character, like the Devil who is the Father of sin. Thank God for the Gospel, for that very reason.
In the Kingdom of God... There is only God.
But you are now in a dispensation where the Kingdom of God has come in inauguration, but is not yet consummated. So there is more than just God. There is an enemy of souls. There is mankind in his imperfect and sinful rule. There are angels both bright and evil.
If you're saying that the Bible doesn't teach those things, and that they aren't experienced here and now ... we'll just have to agree to disagree. If you're not saying that, I'm still not so sure what exactly you are getting at.
Oh, and about Jonah. I would say that he was definitely strongly compelled to go to Ninevah. And "strongly" is too light a word, I must confess. But he could have died in rebellion, had he not cried out to God in the belly of the fish. The thing is, if God were into forcing Jonah into doing his will, Jonah never would have been allowed to sail to Joppa to start with.
Peace to you as well, Uriah.