1 Timothy 2: Did Paul teach that God wants all people to be saved?

In 1 Timothy 2 Paul tells Timothy that the Lord wishes all people all people to be savedto be saved. Doesn’t this statement contradict the idea of election and predestination, which teaches that God has chosen some people for salvation while not choosing others?

The opening verses of 1st Timothy 2 are often cited as evidence against the doctrine of predestination and election. The verse most commonly quoted is 1st Timothy 2:4, but we will include a longer passage to provide context: Continue reading