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At this point we’re all aware of the Battle Royale that exists between Free Will and Predestination (if not, click the link), but maybe we should just put down the gloves. We’ve discussed how these two notions might not actually need to be locked in battle, based on our understanding of time (and its linear/non-linear perception), and our limits within 3D and God’s limitless dimensions…maybe. But maybe that’s not right, maybe its not enough, maybe we’ll never know!

…so what is the point of all of it?

There are a few points that can be drawn from both arguments that are important to a Christian apologist

1. We are guilty of our sins

Romans 3:23, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:22, and many more verses, make it clear that we are sinners. We have sinned. We will sin again. We are the ones responsible for our sins and we need to recognize this so that we can accept Jesus as our Savior, and accept his redemptive act for our sin. We cannot blame others (like Adam and Eve first did). The notion of free will teaches us this.

2. We need to rely on, and trust in, God

Romans 6:17, John 3:3, Ephesians 2:8, and others all tell us that we are bound to sin, we are consumed in it, we cannot escape it unless we turn to God. The power of the Lord is the only thing that helps to not sin. In case you don’t know: sin, in Greek and Hebrew, actually means “to miss the mark,” and would be thought of like an archer aiming at a target, but failing to hit it. This sin, then, is our imperfection; we are flawed and are BORN with sin (Psalm 51:5). This is why our works are never good enough, because they will never ever be perfect, never be adequate to negate our sin. The notion of predestination teaches us this, that God is the one who enables us, it is not of ourselves that we can free ourselves of sin.

3. We need to choose to follow God

Exodus 32:11-14, Revelation 3:20, and Joshua 24:15 all speak to the importance of seeking after God. John 6:35 says “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'” Only in coming to the Lord daily and receiving our daily bread are we able to truly follow Him and eliminate the sin in our life. This means seeking Him in prayer (phil 4:6-7, Romans 8:26), and taking our eyes off of the material things, purposefully looking to Him (Matthew 16:24), and with His guidance we can live in love and love Him back. This is taught to us through the concept of free will. To come to Him, and to love Him requires free will.

4. We are special and have a purpose on this Earth

Romans 8:28, John 15:16, Ephesians 1:11 inform us of our purpose. God has a plan for us; there is a reason we are here. In following God, He reveals that to us, and provides our life with meaning and understanding of a kind that we could never know without Him. But in order to convey this message, He wrote in ways that we call predestination. In order for God to have a path for us, he must foreknow that path.

5. We must go out and preach to the world

Matthew 28:16-20, otherwise known as the Great Commission, commands us to go out into the world and spread the good word! That He is risen (He is risen indeed)! We must go of our own will for this, and the notion of free will is used to convey this. Evangelism is done through people who genuinely believe in what they are saying, who do it not out of requirement, but out of volition.

 

Even without the idea that Free Will/Predestination could co-exist, Christians have come to the conclusion that God is trying to tell us something, communicate something, through these ideas in the Bible. Christians have realized that there is no need to fight about it. Christians who fight too much about theological issues are missing the point that God wanted us to get.

So get it.

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