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4th August 2007

Predestination and Free Will

Jim Meletiou

Throughout the two millennia of the Christian Church, this dichotomy of predestination and free will has stirred many theological disagreements/discussions. Is our every action predestined by God, or are our actions a result of our own free will?

The Bible teaches both. So, how does God perceive/reconcile this seemingly-contradictory dichotomy? Answer:

Godís mind is infinite, whereas we think with a finite mindófrom a finite perspective. Do we dare think that we are able, while in this finite [extremely limited] state of existence to comprehend concepts that are of an infinite nature? Is it possible that from Godís perspective predestination and free will are two aspects or manifestations of the same thing?

So, if we consider that that our finite minds are incapable of thinking in the same way that Godís infinite mind thinks, will we have to wait till we pass on from this finite state of existence before we can think and know in an infinite manner; before we comprehend the true meaning of free will and predestination? Note what the Prophet Isaiah wrote 2700 years ago:

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways," says the Lord.

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,

And my thoughts than your thoughts." ó Isaiah 55: 8-9

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Is God reasonable or unreasonable?

Answer: God is reasonable; however, His reasoning is on a level that is so much higher than our reasoning, that it seems unreasonable to the vast majority of mankind. It is only as we draw near to God with a passionate heart to know Him and be filled with His compassionate love, that his ways become more and more reasonable to us.

J L M

Related: The Maze of Life