Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Determinism or guidance?

“We need to draw a clear distinction between determinism, in which God controls what is to happen, and divine guidance, in which God tells people what to do or encourages them in what they are doing; we can also distinguish broadly between the determinism of action in detail and general predictions of what may happen.”—New Testament Theology, page 171

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I think this is a common failing—especially among strong predestinarians.
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That's my 2 cents! said...

I hope this doesn't come off too harsh... I have known many humans who would want to control every mote of dust in the world if they could gain that kind of control. If the creator God were a control freak, like humans love to be, then we should be worshiping Donald Trump. I'm sorry but this is the only conclusion I can come to when extreme determinists start talking about God's sovereignty.

jps said...


I don't consider it too harsh—but I'm on the Arminian side : )