Do you believe in predestination?..

Here’s another question. Do you believe in predestination? Of course I do. How else could I believe when it says in Ephesians chapter 1 these wonderful words? And I thank God for these words, and you know them well. “According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him.” Yes, He chose us before the foundation of the world, “In love, having predestinated us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of our will.” Is that what it said? His will. Do I believe in predestination? What else could I believe? It’s in the Bible. Continue reading

Are we ‘determined’ to act?..

Many philosophers believe that when we make free choices, we are determined to make those choices. (Some people who hold this view, for example, believe that given the beliefs and desires which we have on any given occasion, we will act in a certain way and we are simply unable to do anything else.) Continue reading

How can we have control over…

How can we have control over anything if God has complete control over everything? How can God know the future completely if the future is partially up to us?

The Bible does not address these questions directly. However, it does affirm that people often act freely, that they are often responsible for their actions, and also that God is provident. (Sometimes all of these themes are emphasized together in the same passage: see Acts 2:11-26, for example.)

Scott Davison, from Reason for the Hope Within, p. 217