Monday Musings for July 03, 2017

Good morning, Musers,

We get to talk about predestination today… except… it came in under the word “determine” — and it’s critical to understand that predestination is not determinism.

The felt truth is that we choose our actions for ourselves. For instance, couldn’t you do anything you’d like right now? Couldn’t you just stay sitting in your chair… or get up and give me ten dollars… or go to the fridge… or drive into a bridge abutment? The last would be a sin, of course — and that’s the tell: God would never determine for us to sin … yet people do that kind of stuff all the time.

That being said, the Bible teaches that God predestines, elects and foreordains… but don’t those words mean that a result is predetermined? I say no… but how does that all work? … I mean… if people are indeed predestined for heaven, why bother with the Great Commission? Welcome to free will versus predestination paradox… and today I get to unscramble this for a teenager!

Fortunately, God is not just any being — he’s God! As such, he knows everything… but “everything” includes every possible thing. Furthermore, he experiences all time at the same time. And finally, he never serves up a contradiction in his word. I will use this the three-pronged solution to dissolve the free-will/ predestination paradox… and I hope that you will join me.

To read the article referenced above, visit the link below.

http://www.mainsailministries.org/index.php/q-a-a-god-bible-theology-culture/386-are-we-predetermined-to-go-to-heaven.html

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