Thursday, March 8, 2007

Predestination or free will?

Which is it? Are we saved because God chooses us or because we choose God? Well, let’s see what the Bible says. . . OK, it looks like the evidence is conclusive for free will: Num. 14:11; Deut. 30:11-15; Josh. 24:15; Rm. 2:10-11; 10:13; 1 Tim. 2:4. Only problem is, the case is just as strong for predestination: Mt. 22:14; Jn. 15:16; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:11-22; Eph. 1:4-5; 2 Thess. 2:10-13; Jude 4. That means the only logical conclusion is that both are true. In other words, it’s not a case of either/or but of both/and. I know; that doesn’t make sense. But when did God ever say his purposes make sense to us? Sounds like a little humility is in order here.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley


Howard Parks said...

Personally, I find it easiest to resolve this by considering perspective. God is like the author of a book, and we are like characters in it. On any given page, there are undecided issues; to the character on that page, the future is open to possibility. He may not know which he will choose. God, Who wrote the book, knows already, and has based the plot of future chapters on His knowledge of what the eventual choice will be.

Milton Stanley said...

At this risk of putting myself in the wrong place in the analogy, I know from having written a novel that some of the characters take on lives of their own. Yet the author still writes the book.

Thanks for your input. All the best.