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Predestination, Freewill, And Perspective
Terry Ingram - April 23, 2018
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On Dec. 12th of 2017 I had a complete knee replacement surgery. One of the unforeseen consequences was me being confined to my apartment for seven weeks after the surgery. Thank God for all the fine ladies at Paradise Calvary Chapel who visited me and brought me meals. I enjoyed their visits. My friends before I go any further, the pain I experienced, after the surgery was the worst I had ever experienced in my life. But one good thing resulted from the surgery, God sat me down and said “read” and “Pray.”

I have always loved reading and decided to do some research on Calvinism vs. Arminianism; that is, predestination vs. freewill. It did not take long before I ran across the writings of C.S. Lewis on the subject. Lewis is one of my personal favorites when it comes to Christian Apologetics, and I had always heard he was a classical Arminian so I wanted to investigate for myself.

I was pleased to find out that Lewis and I were in one accord on the subject of Arminianism vs. Calvinism. It turns out that Lewis’ conclusions fell on both sides of this issue, not because he was confused, but because he thought that it is mostly a non-issue. Lewis poses the argument then that if God created time then time has no effect outside of our existence, and the two views are based on time, therefore they are meaningless in the big picture. In the end I would say that if Lewis were alive today he would probably not commit to either view.

Furthermore, we can’t discuss God within the confines of time. God would not have foreknowledge or past knowledge of an event, he would just have knowledge of it—period. So our discussions of God’s omnipotence and omniscience can’t be done in a linear fashion. God is everywhere and knows everything, end of story. We can’t qualify it with words by saying God knows everything that is going to happen, because to God there is not a future linear time.

It is clear that God’s decision for us is the important thing, and even though we are given free will it is God’s grace that does so and without grace our free will would condemn us. What is important is that I strive daily to walk with God and have committed my life to Him. What is important are my relationships, first with God, then my family, then the rest of God’s creation. In my daily prayers I begin by affirming my commitment to God, then I clean house asking God to forgive me of any sins I may have committed and finally I stay alert for other pilgrims that I may help.  

Psalm 121:7-8 “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.