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The Bible and your decisions: Freewill or predestination?

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The Christian Bible teaches concepts of both freewill and predestination. Throughout Scripture, the Bible continuously instructs mankind to make righteous decisions by way of freewill. However, many interpret a few select verses to mean that mankind does not have the freewill to do good or make certain life decisions.

There are only two chapters in the Bible which specifically contain in the word predestinate or predestination (Romans 8:29, Ephesians 1:5, 11). By definition, predestination is the divine foreordaining or foreknowledge of all that will happen, with regard to the salvation of some and not others.

The concept has been particularly associated with the teachings of sixteenth century theologian, John Calvin. Calvin’s doctrine of predestination directly addresses the question of the control God exercises over the world. Generally, the word predestination is used and applied in two ways.

First, to express the belief that God freely and unchangeably ordains whatsoever comes to pass. Second, the word is viewed in terms of its applicability to salvation, and refers to the belief that God appointed the eternal destiny of some to salvation by grace, while leaving the remainder to receive eternal damnation for all their sins, even their original sin.

As inspired by the Holy Spirit, the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation gives the clear impression that those with whom God pleads, could of their own volition repent and turn to him if they choose. He promises man that if he would earnestly and sincerely seek him, we would find him (Psalms 119:2, Isaiah 55:6, Proverbs 8:17, Matthew 6:33).

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