Monday, August 25, 2008
Are our lives predetermined?
People tend to take sides when confronted with this question. Some believe that everything is predetermined. They assume this means that we have no free will as a result.
Others believe that we have total free will and deny determinism as a result.
I believe that both are true and that many people choose sides because it is so difficult to understand how the two can co-exist. It may be difficult to understand, but is it also difficult to imagine?
I believe in God. I believe that He knew every choice that I'd make before I ever made them. I believe that He preplanned my life in advance, knowing those choices.
He predestined (determinism) me to be a musician, YET I chose music as well.
He knew the choices that you would make to get to this point and He knows the choices that you will make. You can't surprise Him. He has planned your life according to the choices that you will make. Whether we choose wisely or foolishly, His plan will unfold.
It may be difficult to understand, but not to imagine....