FABLES AND TRADITIONS
Will vs Predestination
is man, that thou art mindful of him?. (Psalm 8:)
books have been written arguing and "proving" both sides of this issue.
And Theologians and the denominations who follow their thinking have
battled one another until they are red in the face while they bash each
other over the heads with their Bibles until they are black and blue.
full of baloney!!!!!
every view we take is going to be wrong. And the reason I know it will
be wrong is because there is not a peanut shell of wisdom in all of us
Sons of Adam put together!
this; take five of the wisest men, our most brilliant minds - put them
together in a room to discuss one single subject - and they will
inevitably come up with at least ten conclusions.
way for us to understand we know anything at all is to recognize that
we know nothing
we were to
take a room full of kindergardeners and have them come up with the
perfect solution for this world's problems, they would have no more
influence on the running of this nation's government than an ant has
trying to whittle down Mt. Everest. But in the minds
of those kindergardeners, they will have changed the course of history.
feel we must understand everything. We will spend our life trying to
come up with the answer to a problem, only to discover there is
no answer. And with no answer in our hand, we will present to the world
an answer we have settled on and call it "fact."
line? What difference does it make?
or predestination is important or understandable in our meager minds,
please explain why one person dies at birth and another lives to be a
hundred. Explain abortion, why one child is allowed to live, and
another is killed. If you can come up with an answer that applies to
that child's free will or predestination, maybe
you will be just an inch closer to the truth.
reason when a person reaches maturity we are expected to receive
certain "rights." We have the right to vote - if
we happen to live in the right country, at the right time of history,
are the right color, are a property owner, etc, etc.
right to life - if
we are not a Jew in Germany, or a Chinese peon in the rice paddies, an
African of the wrong tribe, an unborn in the USA.
gave us a
Book of history and His Will and His desires for us. We take that Book
and twist it to suit ourselves and demand that God fulfill our bidding.
we want to
understand God's will for us, we can't ask one another - we must ask God.
inexplicable reason God chose us tiny fragments of a planet that is
smaller than a grain of sand on the beach in relation to His creation
to spend time on and to give special blessings.
who by accident
happen to have survived birth start to feel special in God's eyes and
make demands of Him.
is God's view of us.
is it that
we can view others as nothing in our own eyes, yet believe God is above
this and must
think we are special in His?
clearly that if we want to be seen favorably in His eyes, we must look
upon ourselves as less than nothing, and everyone else, even the lowest
of the low, as better
than ourselves (Mark 10:44).
words, we must be just the opposite
of what we are or what we can ever become (Mat 23:12).
have none. Again, show me how that unborn has free will, and maybe
I might accept that a hundred year old has free will.
Explain to me how one person stood outside the ovens of Auschwitz and
another stood inside. Did God
predestine each for their positions? If so, explain to me how that
reconciles with our concept of a "Loving God."
to do what God wants
to do. With some He will predestine like He did Paul and the other
Apostles, and some He will let them go from dust to dust, allowing
those who want to exercise their "free will" to become one of the
chosen. Man sees things "either, or," God sees things as one big
picture without the divisions man pushes on themselves and tries to
force on Him.
Will? Certainly. And those particles of dust who wish to cling to Free
Will have God's Word for it under the heading "Whosoever will." (John
3:15-16; Rev 22:17)
to believe in Predestination can examine their lives and see if God has
been forcing them in a particular direction as He did Joseph, Jacob and
Paul the Apostle. If you don't
find such a pattern in your life, you had better pray that the Free
Willers are right and you are wrong.
predestination to a mentally handicapped child who is
so because his or her mother used free will and chose to use drugs
during pregnancy. Did God, or that parent "predestine" that child?
to do what God is going to do. How we interpret the Bible makes not a
thimble full of difference. All our understandings
do is feed our egos, which is exactly the opposite
of what God desires of us.
action, we give Him words.
sacrifice, we give Him excuses.
are but dust, we say we are glorious in His sight.
Evolutionists are closer to the Truth than our brilliant Theologians.
We did not come from bugs as say the Evolutionists. We came from much
less. We came from dust.
view of us, that is His creation? How long is Eternity?
troublesome speck in God's eye.
when God decides to use this planet as a ping pong ball or crush it to
do as He wills with it.
Will or Predestination? In my
care less. That's an intellectual pursuit designed for those who would
rather use their brain than their mind. While our brain keeps us busy
busy, the mind tells me that I had better read the Bible and Pray for
God to reveal what He wants for me so I don't turn back to dust as will
the "Brainy" ones.
my own life
I can see where God has been batting me around the head with a club
trying to get my attention. You can call this predestination or free
will: It doesn't matter to me. He finally got
my attention, and that is
important to me. What would have happened if I hadn't finally responded
to His "urgings" I don't know. Call it "free will" if you choose, but I
am thankful that God didn't give me Free Will and let me go my own way
without His hammering. I would hate to think what life might have been
like, or my final destiny, had He not done so.
at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto
heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most
High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose
dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation
to generation: 35And
all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth
according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants
of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest
the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my
kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my
counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my
kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37Now
I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all
whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in
pride he is able to abase. (Dan 4:)