The title of this post represents a search phrase that someone typed into a certain search engine which led that person to my site. I assume that “decreed” in this instance has reference to causation as in Calvinistic determinism. John Calvin was adamant that God did not permit the fall, but rather caused it (he recognized that there was no place for “permission” in determinism). Adam sinned of divine necessity. He sinned because God decreed that he must and he could not possibly do anything other than sin just as God decreed. Would it be hard to love such a God as the one who caused Adam to sin and then cursed His posterity with the guilt of his sin and then refused to offer any saving mercy or grace to the majority of those creatures that incurred condemnation based on God’s irresistible decree?
For many the answer is that such a view of God is unlovable and it would seem that the person who made this search was struggling with being able to love a God who would decree the fall in a deterministic manner and then condemn His creatures for the very guilt that God determined to bring upon them. So how do we answer this question: “How do I love God if He decreed the fall?” The Calvinist answer is rather simple. God will just cause you to love Him if you are one of those lucky few that He has decided not to “pass over” and leave in the eternal fix that He got you into in the first place (for the praise of His glory of course). And if you just can’t bring yourself to love God, well that is just the way He decreed it to be anyway. And please don’t try to love God either because if you try to love God then you are just working for your salvation since anything you do (according to Calvinists) constitutes a “work” anyway, and we are not saved by works. So if God wants you to love Him then you will just find yourself loving Him one day when He decides to irresistibly regenerate you.
Does that answer your question?
(Note: Some of what is expressed in this post attempts to draw out the logical implications of Calvinism. Many Calvinist would never express their theology in quite the same way and, to their credit, stop short of affirming the logical implications of their system even if they are valid conclusions.)