Predestination, Free will. Election, Choice. Does it matter in every day life?
I believe it does. What you believe about God matters. And if it doesn't matter for every day life, then what does it matter for at all?
--If I believe that God is any bit, even 1%, out of control because my salvation depends on my choice, then I have great reason to live in fear.
--If I believe that God is 100% in control, and my 'choosing Him,' is only because He first chose me, then I can live freely.
**If I believe that God knows what everyone will do, but didn't necessarily plan it himself, then who did plan it? Me? That's scary, and allows me to become quite proud.
**If I believe that God has a plan for every person on the planet, then that makes Him God, and no one else, and that keeps me humble.
--If I believe that God chose all/died for all, but some choose to not follow God, then, it's a shame God's plan isn't working out for him - and I am apt to believe that God didn't know what He was doing, and I know better because I can choose God.
--If I believe that God chose some/died for some and not others, then thus far, things are going according to His plan, and God knew and planned all along what would be - not so that I would understand, but because He wanted to.
**If I believe that all are chosen by God, but only the ones who choose God are saved, then I must share my faith because someone else's salvation could depend on me.
**If I believe some are chosen by God, I must share my faith not because it depends on me, but because I do not know who is chosen and who is not.
In all of this, I believe that God has a plan beyond my comprehension, and I'm okay with that.
I believe in a God-centered theology where He has a plan, He is in control, and He chooses us.
I pray for wisdom to see Him more clearly and look forward to maybe one day understanding more fully His sovereignty in all things.
For now, I walk by faith, thankful for assurance of His choosing me.
Just some light-hearted thoughts for this Sunday evening.
Objections, criticism, comments, and of course, agreements are welcome.