RG2G 034 Does Predestination Mean My Choices Don’t Matter?

Today’s topic was sent in as a question by a listener.  It has to do with predestination, predetermination, and things like free will.

Without question, the Scriptures have something very definite to say about predestination.  But oftentimes predestination is interpreted as fatalism, which means it doesn’t matter what we do or how we respond, everything is already set, every outcome is inevitable, and God doesn’t need, want, or use our pitiful efforts.

Rather than predestination being a dark, depressing theological burden, it was intended to be an encouragement.  It’s more about God’s providence than your own personal choices.  The truth is, from Scripture, predestination and choices go hand-in-hand.  You’ll see how on Renegade’s Guide to God.

7 thoughts on “RG2G 034 Does Predestination Mean My Choices Don’t Matter?”

  1. “Jacob I loved but Esau I hated” is one example in Scripture where it is all about predestination and not about human choice. I agree that predestination and human choice go hand in hand in most areas of life, but when it comes to salvation it is ALL of GRACE and has nothing to do with human works (which includes choices). Believing that salvation is a combination of God’s work and our choice is a denial of the doctrine of total or radical depravity. Is it not? We are all dead in our sin and are like Lazarus wrapped in our grave clothes and dependent on Jesus calling our name. Many point to the fact that Israel was given the choice to obey or not obey the Law, but did they really have this choice? Wasn’t the Law meant to show Israel their sin and need of a Savior rather than a test of our ability to make good choices?

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