Question:“What can you say about predestination? I don’t believe in it, but others do…lol”
Do you know what you mean by that word? Maybe write down what it is you don’t believe into a clear and defined statement. There are theologians and pastors that lean many ways but even those that don’t believe in predestination as its defined by the dictionary, all believe in some form of predestination because the word is mentioned in the bible.
Websters defines it as “the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation.” Predestination is basically saying:
(a) all men/women willingly sinned and fell short of the glory of God and are now in a spiritually dead state where they dont want God. (b) of those who willingly oppose and hate him, God chooses people for salvation to show his mercy (c) God sends Jesus to die for sins and causes His chosen people to be born again to want Jesus (d) God continues to work in the hearts of those people via the Holy Spirit continually drawing them to repent and live new lives until God brings them to heaven.
Now as far as what you should believe…
1. If the thought of it bothers you forget about predestination, read your Bible (and just skip all those verses, recognize youre a bad sinner who cant be saved by works, believe in Jesus, and just avoid the topic by saying ” I’m not comfortable with it.” You don’t need to know all knowledge to be saved, merely to believe (as God gives you faith).
2. If you want to dig, the word “predestined” actually comes from the bible itself (Acts 4:28, Rom 8:29-30, Eph 1:3-5;11). Clearly this means the idea is there, and we need to research and study to understand what it means and in what context its used. Unless you fit into category 1 above, and the simpel thought of predestination will cause you to lose your faith or etc, then you owe it to yourself to study the usage of this word in the Bible.
3. The idea of God choosing us also clearly comes from the Bible, it is written in very simple language like “He (God) chose us in him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love He (God) predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.” There may be a few different views about this, but once again, you owe it to yourself to research the useage and context of “God choosing people” verses.
4. Finally realize that the Bible talks about both predestination and human responsibility. Many people can’t combine both into one brain so they simply ignore one (and the one easier to ignore is predestination because it seems to be against our human experience). Yet they are both true. The philosophical term that refers to both ideas: a human will and some version of determinism, being compatible with one another, is unsurprisingly called “compatibalism.” I also have a blog post that may help, visit earninggrace.com.