Here’s another response to a prompt given to me by my beloved. The prompt was ‘Predestination.’ Heavy subject indeed.
Man has long pondered the question of destiny. Are we indeed traveling through a story that has already been lain out for us, in which we have no power to change the ending? Perhaps we create our steps, action by action and word by word. I cannot fully answer the question of destiny and predetermination because I do not know what the span of the universe is like. I merely know a glimpse of what its Creator is like and will base my answer on such.
God is the author of all creation. He was before all things and holds all things together. See the first letter to the Corinthians for more on that. Jesus Christ, Himself, is the Word. The Word, which is mentioned in the very first chapter of the book of John, who brought all things into being and apart from Him, nothing has come into being. We were all placed here on Earth by God’s design and intent. The Creator, God, is merciful, loving, and passionate. He is good. He creates good things. However, we cannot deny the existence of evil. Evil is the force opposing the characteristics of God. I believe evil exists because freewill exists. Freewill means that we are free to make choices. God created Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and gave them freewill. He told them not to eat of the tree and yet because of freewill, they did. Eve had the choice of listening to God, or to a serpent. She chose wrongly, still she chose and listened to the serpent. Was it predetermined that Eve would choose wrongly? That all her descendents would be in a sinful state and need a Redeemer? I only know for certain that, He is before all things and through Him all things hold together.
Given that we have freewill and we can make choices does not mean that God does not know what choice we will make. God knows all things. However, just because He knows all things, does not mean that He forces them on us. Otherwise, what would be the point of having Christ die and rise again, so that we might believe in Him and spend eternity as His brothers and sisters? A gift is not a gift if it is forced upon you. Often the verses Romans 8:29 and Ephesians 1:5 are debated as scriptural evidence of predestination because they contain the word, “predestination.” Romans 8:29 states, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Ephesians 1:5 states, “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.” If you look at both of these in context, perhaps you will agree, that what I believe they are saying is that God has predetermined that those who choose to believe in Jesus, as the only Son of God, who died and rose again, will be with Him in a glorified state in eternity.
Concluding, I would say that predestination exists in the sense that we are all born with our final destination leading us to deaths door. Along the way we can choose to overcome death through Christ and live eternally with Him, or we can choose to try and control things ourselves. No matter how much we think we are in control, we can only choose between two final outcomes. Our Creator has lovingly made us and knows our true natures. Though He knows what we will choose, He does not force us to choose it. Freely, His love is ours and free are we to accept it.