I have to be truthful though, I don’t know if man has free will or not, because the Bible does not teach free will. However, the Bible clearly teaches predestination. I think it’s safe to say that salvation is never the results of man’s free will but is always the results of God's work in man. Therefore, rather than departmentalize God’s Predestination to only that part of our life which deals with our salvation I sought to clearly define predestination even if it don’t feel good.
What is Predestination?
The Reason Predestination is So Difficult to Accept is;
- First, because it does not seem fair to the natural
man, We seem to want a God that will forgive us all regardless to our state of repentance; a God that will just forgive everything that we do, no matter how sever, no matter how litter contrition. However we fail to recognize that one of God's attributes is justice, and a just God must punish for sin. Because Justice is who God is when we ask "Why can't God just forgive everyone?" we are in fact asking "Why don't God change who He is, because I refuse to change what I am doing".
because we are fearfully stricken with
the possibility that our own family members, and loved ones, friends and others
who we see each and every day may perish in their sins, sentenced to the
eternal damnation of agony and suffering and pain and burning; we find it hard to accept the truth.
Jesus gives a hint of this truth that some will perish in Matthews 7:22-23 when He says “ Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?”
- And thirdly, because we can’t perceive us doing such a thing, we began to anthropomorphize God. That is, we apply the limited attributes and knowledge of man, to the omniscience, omnipotent person of man's creator. We in fact build a God to fit our perception of who we, be it consciously or subconsciously conceive from our hearts a God as we think God should be. We make the image of God which is formed out our own personal experiences, our hurts, our successes, our desires, rather than perceiving God in the way that He is described in the Bible. When the believer begins to conceive predestination in his mind, he is almost always accosted with the questions “Are we saved against our will?” and if so “Does that mean that others are damned no matter what they do?” And lastly “If this is the case why even bother to evangelize?” But the difficulty with the natural world and the non-believer is “How can an all loving God send us to hell?” and the answer to this for most people is free will. But is this as Biblical as we think?