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ARE YOU READY FOR THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN?!
OHHHHHH YEAAHHHHHH!!!!
THIS WEEK IS THE BATTLE ROYALE BETWEEN TWO TIMELESS CONTENDERS…

FREE WILL VS PREDESTINATION

 

This is a debate that rages on to this day, a debate that has caused rifts between Christians, been a stumbling block for believers seeking logical consistency, and a debate that is obviously not easy to settle.  So what exactly is the contention?   The contention lies in the seemingly contradictory scriptural portrayal of what humans have the ability to choose to do, rather than to merely follow their inescapable destiny.  Is it God’s choice, or is it ours?  Now you might be thinking,

“What the heck is this guy talking about?  The Bible doesn’t preach predestination…right???”

It doesn’t?  Then how do you explain these:
Matthew 20:16 “So the last shall be first, and the first shall be last: for many are called, but few are chosen.”
Matthew 24:22 “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved.  But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
Romans 8:30 “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
Exodus 14:8
The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.”
Romans 9:15 “For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.'”
As if that isn’t enough, think about this: Didn’t the Lord inspire a bunch of prophecies in the Bible?  Prophecies about Jesus?  He had to fulfill them, didn’t He?  Did He have a choice not to, or was He required to simply by the fact that God had said it ahead of time?  Aren’t there prophecies about the end times?  Doesn’t that stuff have to happen, no matter what?  Doesn’t God, who knows everything, know what you’re going to do?  Can you do anything other than what God knows you’re going to do?! (think about it)

O_0              Whoa.  Some of you Free Willies might be having a faith crisis right now, I may have shook up your world…but don’t worry too much just yet.  Some of you Calvinists might be thinking (because you have to),

“Well yeah, the Bible obviously preaches predestination.  We don’t have to understand it, but it’s in there.”

Oh really?  Well then how do you explain these:
Exodus 32:11-14 “But Moses sought the favor of the Lord…Then the Lord changed His mind and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.”
Joshua 24:15a “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve…”
Romans 10:13 “For ‘everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the whole world that whosoever should believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Aren’t these verses predicated on the existence of free will?!  Doesn’t free will undermine God’s omniscience, because God has to know what we’re going to do?  If we don’t actually have free will, then why do we have the illusion of free will?  Has God deceived us into thinking that we have free will?  But God can’t lie…

Now you can see the dilemma that theologians have been locked in for ages.  Why is it important though?  -logical consistency.  The Bible is supposed to be divine, so it must be logically consistent and not contradictory.  Free will and predestination are direct contradictions to each other!!! The bigger issue: salvation.  Who can be saved?  Are they chosen?  Once a person is saved, are they always saved, or can they lose their salvation?  How can God condemn people that he predestined to go to Hell?

But is a showdown between the two worlds really necessary?  We find this sense of duality all throughout the Bible with light/dark, good/evil, etc, so is it possible that there is a duality of free will/predestination that exists?  Does the existence of one exclude the other?

I don’t think so.

Alright, stay with me here: God exists outside of time and space (2 Peter 3:8, Jeremiah 23:24), otherwise he can’t be omniscient and omnipresent; he transcends time/space.  We are limited to time/space; specifically we’re limited to 3 dimensions.  Because of this, we perceive time in a linear fashion(i.e. time is a line).  Time goes forward on that line, which means that things have happened, and that things will happen– from our point of view.  In God’s point of view, things are happening.  Time is not a line for God, instead of this ________ it’s actually this  .   That period back there is the time line compressed all into one singular instance, and we exist inside of that.  Some of you might be thinking,”Ok, well how does God interact with our time then when it’s linear.”

The Trinity.

Haven’t you wondered why Jesus was in the beginning, why we were created through Him (John 1:3)?  Jesus is like God’s arm, reaching into our world.  The Holy Spirit would be his fingers, poking and prodding us in His direction (Acts 23:33, Genesis 1:2).

“Predestination” is really just a concept God inspired the authors to use to describe a concept so dense and convoluted that it probably would not have been properly understood in its time.  Free will and predestination cannot exist within the confines of only understanding our 3 dimensional reality, you have to move beyond that.  So all the problems brought up by predestination get solved by the simultaneous presence of free will.  All the problems brought up by free will get solved simultaneously by the presence of “predestination(which is our 3D understanding of God existing outside of time/space).”

Please tell me if any of that makes sense.  Who’s with me?

 

 

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