So as I dived head way in this research, the intensity got me aroused that I could not stop reading and pulling scriptures and to add to that I had to make my way to Bible Studies so that my findings maybe confirmed. So here goes…..dang! Dang! Dang!
Let’s look at the word Pre, Destination and Predestination firstly. Pre means before; Destination means the place to which someone or something is going or being sent and Predestination in Christian theology means the doctrine that God had ordained all that will happen, especially with regards to the salvation of some and not all of humankind.
Now, which doctrine does this applies to or which theologian believed such a thing as this?
These teachings have been associated with the teachings of St. Augustine of Hippo and that of the famous, well talked about Calvin. Who was Calvin?
John Calvin was a French theologian born July 10th, 1509 in a city called Noyon, France, who died at the age of 55 in the city of Geneva, France. A Catholic in his younger years who divorced those believes for what he believed to be a predestined one. He then created what is called Calvinism, Calvinistic doctrine, which teaches that God predestined us.
Calvin went ahead, and created a 5 points umbrella in order for us to remember what Calvinism fosters. This is laid out by the acrostic TULIP, which means:
T- Total Depravity (also could be looked at as total inability because of Romans 5: 12; without the power of the Holy Spirit, the natural man is blinded and deaf to the message of the gospel.)
U- Unconditional Election ( this speaks to the selection process, meaning God chose those whom he was pleased to bring to a knowledge of himself, not based on merit shown by God’s Grace and not by whom he discovered to accept him and his gospel but solely upon the counsel of God’s will, some for glory and some for damnation.)
L-Limited Atonement (meaning Christmas did not die for all but he died for the born again Christians, for the elected, predestined ones who are in right standing with God.
Irresistible Grace- (Men come to Christ when the Lord calls them John 6:44)
P-Perseverance of the Saints ( This means, only the elected, predestined ones will remain in God’s hands and never to be plucked out and cannot fail only them will persevere)
Oh boy and it just got even more dramatic. It’s like a story of an horror movie, lol. Can you imagine living a doubtful life? I mean If this were true, i would be scared not knowing if I was predestined for hell and it doesn’t matter what I do or how I live, whether or not my life is right or I’m the most sinful person on earth, I would be super tired wondering daily, omg did God predestined me for Heaven or wait, am I going to hell? Wooooow! That sounds too much like an arbitrary God right? No…..that’s not the all powerful, all merciful, all supernatural God that I know. The God I know wants us to solely trust in him and feed off his words and believe that whatever he promised us will be fulfilled because he said so. John 3:16 states, For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. This scripture speaks to the sovereignty of God, it speaks to his desire for us to freely choose him, the desire for us to believe that he is God and he is confident in his capability to perform mighty works and does not need to force or perform his works by control. The God that speaks true leadership and does not take 100% responsibility for our destination. The God I know seeks our effort as well, he comes to us graciously by spirit and it is our choice to accept him or not. Did the bible spoke of predestination? Of course it did, but in what context?
The term predestined was found in the bible several times in the epistles of Paul, here is what the scripture said:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he predestined, these he also called; whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified.
So let me guess, now you are thinking, wow so Calvin is right? .O.M.G. lol no, it got me at some point years ago too but it was since 2013 I was reading and it came to me this revelation, which was also confirmed by my knowledgeable Pastor and his Ministers; it is important that we understand that eternal life in God’s Kingdom is the birthright destiny of every single human species. However, hold your guns! This does not mean that every single solitary being will arise at the destiny God is desirous of. What it means is that, God purpose was for man to be saved but because of our free will it is not so. Predestination applied to the purpose God had originally determined for us when he decided to make creatures like us bearing his image. He foreknew the weaknesses and strengths of each of us and so he knows what we may or may not choose and our choices alters our destination. So let’s pree Judas Iscariott, when God said, ‘ And he who dips and break bread like me will betray me,’ he did not say in addition to that, ‘he who dips will also hang himself and commit damnation unto himself.’ Judas had a responsibility to choose good or bad; he had the choice to seek repentance and turn from his evil ways or to whither in the spirit of condemnation. Like wise Peter, he chose a path of repentance. If angels could be elected by God, failed in their sinful ways and be dammed by God, what says us? Calvin believed the elected cannot fail and would never be plucked out of God’s hands. If Lucifer could be an elected angel, and then be thrown out of Heaven because of sin, what says us? We all are equal in that we are unworthy of God’s grace, of his unmerited favour and so it is not by our works that we are saved but by God’s Mercy and his Grace. Whom ever believes in him and lives a life of faithfulness and righteousness, obeying his commandments and living by his words, he by God’s grace will see the Kingdom of God and have eternal life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeso in him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
What does John 3:16 means to you, do you believe it justifies the Tulip doctrine or do u believe it justifies the point that WE ARE NOT PREDESTINED?
Had to break this short ad possible, stay tuned because the journey continues……. Dang! Dang! Dang! Dang!