Sunday, February 27, 2011

Predestination

Romans 8:29-30
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.


When you begin to think about principles and beliefs connected to the individuals interpretation of God, scripture and theology it's nearly impossible to even find a single definition of an idea to start a reasonable consideration of it. Religion A. says predestination means that a person is already elected for heaven or hell before they are ever born. Religion B. says we can change that outcome by our own decisions. Religion C. isn't sure what it believes but it's certain that Religions A. & B. aren't right.
To further complicate matters, we often have a gut feeling about something and then as we start searching the Bible we become more confused than in the first place. All of us think differently, come from different backgrounds, have different levels of education and a host of others differences that cause two people to look at the same verse and reach two entirely different epiphanies. Having no reason to take my word for it, I hope you'll give some consideration to my own thoughts on predestination. Slightly different than many theologies, I take predestination as the final definition of hope and redemption. In fact, I think it is the ultimate banner of love that flies over a sinful world.
Are some people born destined for hell? Yes. And some for heaven? Yes. And they are the same people. Only those with free choice are bound to the laws of predestination.
I believe that predestination means that no matter how badly you've gone astray, God has already predetermined a manner by which you can be saved. There is no sin so deep that his arm is not prepared to reach into it to pull you out. There is no mess so messy that God has no idea how to clean it up. There is no debt too great, no damage too extensive. God has predestined a million and one paths for your salvation. He has looked down through eternity and seen every possible way you could fail and then built a destiny for you to turn that failure into redemption. That is predestination.
Your destiny is is heaven in so far as there is no excuse for missing it.
So there you go.

pre·des·ti·na·tion
(pr-dst-nshn)
n.
1. The act of predestining or the condition of being predestined.
2. Theology
a. The doctrine that God has foreordained all things, especially that God has elected certain souls to eternal salvation.
b. The divine decree foreordaining all souls to either salvation or damnation.
c. The act of God foreordaining all things gone before and to come.
3. Destiny; fate.


5 comments:

Trish said...
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Trish said...

I'm going to Heaven...it is my destination! From the moment I took my first breath Mama, Daddy and Granny Musser made sure of it!

Odie Langley said...

I agree Sara, very good post.

Margie said...

love this post! you know what makes me laugh? people argue about 'theology', the whole predestination/free will stuff... How about this? instead of arguing about it, just love... and ask God when you get there :)

Diane said...

Love this post Sara and so very much agree with you! I have never heard it expressed or explained better.

BTW, just wanted to say I'm continuing to pray for you and your family. Luv you!