© by Joyce C. Lock
Predestination: some believe in it, some don't. Most enjoy the debate of it and are left straddling the fence because, at first glance, scripture seems to support both sides of the coin (being almost contradictory).
Since we know all God's Holy Word must be truth, if any of it is at all, perhaps the question that stems from the issues of predestination is a result of one's difficulty in interpretation & Satan getting pleasure in dividing us (as the author of confusion).
For those who have no idea what I'm writing about, the question is, "Do we have a choice in our salvation and every decision in our life, or are we puppets completing a play God has predestined us to fulfill? Scripture bares no contradiction once understood.
From the beginning of time, God (in His omnipotent powers) had the ability to foresee, foreknow, look into the future. Every human was created by Him and He would love every one. Thus, even all the earth would cry out there is a God, extending the universal call to all who'd receive. It was God's desire that no one would perish.
Knowing who'd carry the name "Christian", God had also seen their hearts and could choose who He'd call for special areas of service into the future.
Being made in the image of God, we can relate to God's heart in that we were created first and foremost for the purpose of someone to love Him.
Without love being a choice, there would have been no purpose in our creation, no purpose in the cross of Calvary ... as He already had a company of angels.
Once you've grown spiritually, had fellowship with God, and stood in His almighty presence, you'll never again doubt but what it was your choice. God knew what He was doing all along and there never was any confusion.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.