With all of our troubles we tend to blame other people. If we commit a crime, it was the way our parents treated us when we were younger. If we turn to substances it must have been the way our relationships have gone. If we fail at something it must have been someone else we were working with on the project that did not do their part. If we forgot to do something it must have been because no one reminded us to do it. If you stub your toe, did you do it because you were forced to do it or because you are too stupid to watch where you are going? Here are the results to the last poll: Do you believe in predestination?
- (50%) No. We have complete free will. As predicted, since most who come to this site are Christians, most people would have answered this way. There are many clues in the Bible that point us to this thinking. Such as: if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.-1 Chronicles 7:14, And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.-Joshua 24:15, and even the whole Sermon on the Mount tells us not to do and not to do certain things. If we did not have free will then Jesus would never have told us what was right and wrong.
- (30%) Not sure. Good answer.
- (11%) Yes. But only a certain few. Judas, Jesus, Adam, Paul. Some things in their lives seem like they were destined to do, as if they had no choice. Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.- Luke 22:42, Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me-- to keep me from exalting myself!- 2 Cornithians 12:7, and The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.- Matthew 26:24. But no where in scripture does it say that the average person can not choose his own destiny.
- (7%) Yes. Our lives were predetermined. We have no control. The Bible does not teach that all have no control over their destiny. This would defeat all purpose of creation. If God predestines His creation then there is no love there. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. If love is patient, then it is not forced on you. If love is kind, then it is not vengeful. If love is not proud, then it is not demanding. If is is not self-seeking then it allows other to choose. Scritpure says God is love.
Fore knowledge is not the same thing as presdestination. Yes. God knows what your decision will be but in all situations there are choices for you to make. Some people quote scripture as saying God never changes. That is true, but the meaning of that is that God is always God. His values never changes. His Word never changes. His standards are never dropped. His love does not fail. But nothing points to Him not changing His mind. In fact scripture says He did change His mind, a couple of times. Maybe in those incidences, His heart was so full of compassion for His creation that He intervened. If He intervenes then thagt gives us the power and freedom to ask Him anything. But be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.