Is Predestination True?

Predestination has been a controversial subject for many years. If God predestines our future, how can He be a God of love if He predestines some to go to Hell? How can He even create someone He knows will go to Hell? The truth is that God does know even before we are born whether we will end up in heaven or hell. But God does not make that choice, we do.

God Knows Our Future

Romans 8:29 (NIV): “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

The Calvinistic theology of predestination comes from this verse. This theology says that God predestines everything that is going to happen. The problem is that this is not really what this verse says. We need to understand the full meaning of this verse.

Look at the first phrase. “For those God foreknew.” This is saying that God knows who we will be, even before we are born. This is verified by the verse in Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) where it says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”

God is saying that He knows the type of person you will be even before you are born. He knows the life that you will live. He knows if you are going to follow Him or not. He knows the destiny you are going to choose for your own life.

So, God is saying that for those that He knows will choose him and His way of life, He “predestines to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.” God is not saying that He makes the choice as to whether you follow Him or not. He is saying that for those who do make the decision to follow Him He predestines their future. In other words, He has a wonderful future already planned out for those who decide to follow Him.

Does God Create Sinners?

Many people are asking, If God knows that a person is not going to follow Him, why did He create him in the first place? This question assumes that it is up to God whether a new life is created or not. The truth is that God placed that responsibility in our hands. It is up to us whether a new life is created or not.

Look at what Genesis 1:28 (NIV) says: “God blessed them (Adam and Eve) and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’”

Notice that He did not say: “I will create more just like you and together you will rule over all I have made.” No! He told Adam and Eve to create more just like themselves and then together they will rule over all that God had made.

It is true that all life comes from God. In fact, it is more specifically through Jesus as John 1:4 (NIV) says: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” No new life can come into being unless God creates it.

However, God gave to us the power to initiate the process of creating a new human life. God just committed Himself to give physical life to anyone that we created through procreation. As humans, we have the power to create a new human being through sexual intercourse, and God committed Himself to give physical life to that new human being that we create.

No, God does not create sinners, or any other human being for that matter. We create new human beings and it is our responsibility to see that they are not sinners but rather God-fearing people. God has put that responsibility in our hands

God Created Us as Free Creatures

As we study the Bible, it is very clear that God created us as free creatures, free to make our own decisions, even to create our own future. God does not choose who will follow Him and who will not. We freely make that choice as to whether we follow God or not.

The words “freewill,” “freely,” “free,” etc. are used throughout the Bible. God created us to freely do whatever we wanted to do. We are free to make our own choices.

However, He did say over and over that there were consequences if we made the wrong choices. This is why He gave us the law, specifically the ten commandments. He wants us to make the right choices so we can enjoy all the wonderful things He has for us.

God also did two other things for us. He gave us an eternal spirit that reaches out to God. This became half of who we are. The other half is our earthly body that is not eternal. The second thing that He did for us was to create a conscience in each one of us so that we could know the difference between right and wrong.

So, unless we give into Satan (who is always trying to trick us into following him), we will know the difference between right and wrong. We just have to choose what is right.

Wrong Choices Mean Death

When we choose what is wrong, that is, what is against the law of God, we die. That is, we are separated from God. Sin, that is rebellion, cannot stand in the presence of God. So, where there is sin, there is separation from God. When we choose to live outside the law of God, we are living in sin. Thus, we cannot stand in the presence of God. We are separated from God.

God does not want to see anyone living in sin. Yet sin (rebellion against the law of God) is such a terrible offence, that a terrible price must be paid for it. This is why God required a blood sacrifice for sin. This is the reason for the daily sacrifices in the Old Testament. They had to atone for their sins daily.

God Has Made It Easy For Us

God knows that living in this sinful world, we will have a very hard time always choosing and doing what is right. This is proven throughout the Old Testament.

So God sent his only Son into the world to pay the penalty for our sins, once and for all. Now, all we have to do is to accept what He did for us on the cross. Again, it is a free choice that we make. We freely choose to make Jesus our personal Lord and Savior.

We accept what He did for us on the cross, that is, that He died on the cross for our sins. This, then, makes Jesus our Savior. Then we make Him the Lord of our Life. That is, we freely choose to follow Him and do our best to live the life that He wants us to live.

If you have not made that choice yet, go to How To Live Forever and learn what you need to do to make that choice.

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