A Fine Line Between Predestination and Free Will

October 19, 2017

On the issue of predestination and free will, allow me to provide for you solutions from what I have read in-depth within theology and science on the topic.

 

First, when a person stresses too much on the human will and not enough on God’s will in spiritual growth, the results include:

 

- working to please God or justify ourselves before him by being good and doing good.

 

- viewing sin as so dangerously and powerfully enticing as to need policing by rigid, external, man-made restraints.

 

Specific ways that these distortions manifest themselves include:

 

1. Life seems increasingly exhausting and draining rather than joyous and fulfilling [compare with 1 Peter 1:8-9].

 

2. Fear that one has not done enough good things or fear that one has done too many bad things.

 

3. Doubt about whether one is really saved, or will stay saved [compare with Jude 1:24-25].

 

4. Supernatural gifts of the Spirit seem more important than the fruit of the Spirit because they appear to attest more dramatically to the Spirit’s indwelling presence and to God’s approval [compare with 1 Corinthians 13:2-3].

 

5. Conformity to certain non-essential scriptural interpretations, or rules of conduct become important validations of salvation.

 

6. Teaching focuses more on God’s standards and justice than on God who is rich in mercy [Ephesians 2:4]. Assurance of salvation seems a dangerous door to temptation.

 

7. The distinction between justification and sanctification appears blurred.

 

8. Shame lingers and seeks some form of anesthetic.

 

9. The letter of the law receives more attention than “the Spirit's law of life in the Messiah Jesus” [Romans 8:2, compare with these key passages: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:1; 1 Peter 2:16].

 

10. Perfect obedience rather than daily spiritual growth becomes life’s goal [compare with Philippians 3:12-13].

 

Second, when a person stresses too much on God’s will and not enough on the human will in spiritual growth, the results include:

 

- mistaking God’s “grace” for freedom to do as one pleases.

 

- minimizing temptation’s power and sin’s consequences.

 

Specific ways that these distortions manifest themselves include:

 

1. Life in Christ seems much the same as any good person’s life, but with the benefit of an eternal life insurance policy [compare with 1 Peter 1:15-16, and think about the differences between what is good and what is holy].

 

2. The initial indication of salvation, such as water baptism, confirmation, or applying for church membership, receives more attention than the ongoing process of growth.

 

3. Teaching emphasises the mercy and forgiveness of God over the justice of God and losses resulting from sin [compare with John 15:1-6].

 

4. Sermons focus more on comfort and assurance than on conviction, confession, and change. Hell is rarely mentioned.

 

5. The role of the Holy Spirit in empowering believers for godly living receives little attention [Ephesians 1:17-20].

 

6. Distinctions between sanctification and glorification seem blurred.

 

7. The need for evangelists, missionaries, and counselors for good teaching in apologetics and theology is downplayed.

 

8. Parents and church leaders take a fatalistic approach toward the spiritual life of family and church members and outsiders.

 

9. Immorality, addictions, and long-term sin problems are treated as reminders that we are just human [compare with v. 10].

 

10. Self-examination seems a dangerous flirtation with guilt [compare with 2 Corinthians 13:5].

 

God operates in at least 2D of time [due to him transcending the 10D of this universe]. This allows God to hear everyone’s prayers simultaneously and to atone for every sin in one sacrificial act.

Line A represents the universe’s time line. Christ atones for all the sins of humanity and pays the redemption price in 2D of time, completely independent of our time dimension. In this time plane, Christ suffers for theoretically infinite time on infinite different time lines: a, b, c, etc. Thus, since Christ was on the cross for 6 hours in our time dimension, he could experience the payment for the sins of every human who has ever lived or ever will live [hence Colossians 2:14].

Therefore, a 3D time domain would enable God to predetermine every action of every human being while sustaining the operation of human choice. In 3D of time, God could generate causes anywhere within, on, or outside the sphere. The line segment UE represents the time dimension of the universe. At point U the universe comes into existence. At point E its existence ends. Point B is the birth date for an individual human. Point D is the time of death, and point P is the present moment. God, from a single point of time G, could simultaneously influence points U, B, P, D, and E along our time line.

 

As Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” [Revelation 22:13]. Because of God’s power and love, his foreknowledge implies much more than mere possession of information. He has the capacity to use that information to influence future events. The crucial question remains: how does God do the predestining while guaranteeing us the freedom of our will? God can see not only what occurs throughout a person’s life but also the events and conditions [physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually] in which things occur. Each of us expresses our will in response to complex internal and external factors. Knowing all these factors, including the characteristics of our personality, the effects of our experiences and communications with people and even with angels and demons, God anticipates the direction of each choice and how strongly we will express our will in any instance. Thus, God prescribes the exact conditions to generate the response of our will at any given moment that fits into his total plan. We would remain continuously in control of our will, while God would continuously control the circumstances and conditions in and around us that impact our will. This is true omniscience, and the reason why “we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life” [Ephesians 2:10].

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