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Friday, 17 August 2012

PREDESTINATION VS FREE-WILL (series #1- Jonah)

So this is one topic that has always been on my mind. I actually took a philosophy course in religion but I still wasn't convinced. In fact, I was left more confused. However, I have taken the time to do my own research and I had another "interesting" moment where the bible study teaching I attended today was similar to the post. I will discuss my views and that of the bible study teacher and I hope we can all learn a few things:) This is also a very long topic so I will discuss it in series.

What is Predestination? In theology, it means "the action of God in fore-ordaining from eternity whatever comes to pass".
What is Free-will? In philosophy, it means "the doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces".


Some people believe whatever happens in life was already planned by God while others believe we create our own destiny by making decisions. If you say your life is solely based on your decisions and maybe little coincidences then I believe you also mean that anyone could make those same decisions with same level of hard work and achieve similar results. However, in my opinion, sometimes in life it's not about hard work; I know it may sound unfair to some people but that's life. Sometimes it's just not about hard work and decisions!

Every human being is unique and has a specific role to play on earth (what we call destiny). It's not strange that we notice physical things because it is what we see that we believe. When you compare your self with other people you would realize that your thumb print, palm lines, dental formation, DNA, is unique and if that is true then I believe you are not only unique by physical properties but your purpose on earth is unique as well. It is not by chance that you were born into your family or you're at your school or you're with your partner. If God can take the time to create every person uniquely then i'm sure it's not just for us to look different. He must have a unique plan as well.

Have you noticed how easy it is for some people to do certain things yet when you try it, it seems like the hardest thing you have ever tried (I'm sure not all of us can compete in the Olympics or sing like Whitney Houston.lol.) Well, that's because we were all created differently and uniquely to meet a specific goal.

In summary of the book of Jonah Ch 1 and 2, God picked Jonah to go to the city of Ninevah and preach the message of repentance to the people. Jonah refuses to go and tries to run away from the presence of God. He gets on a ship going in another direction but God caused a storm which affected every person on the ship as they could not row to shore. After much confusion, the other men found out the reason for the storm and decided to throw Jonah into the sea in order to calm the storm. Fortunately for Jonah, God had prepared a great fish (I would imagine that this was a whale) to swallow him and after three days of prayers God spoke to the fish and it carried Jonah to shore. Continue chapter 3 and 4 on your own as it discusses Jonah's mission to Ninevah.

Most times in life, we act like Jonah. Honestly, I have been a Jonah for the most part of my life (but that's changing:). You have a word from God yet you vehemently disobey because your plan seems juicier or God's plan just isn't attractive enough for you. Personally, I believe you have three choices in life

  1. Align your will with God's and live a fulfilled life
  2. Live your own plan and struggle or live an average life
  3. Become a spectator in life and just be a waste of creation.
If God considered you a waste of creation, you wouldn't be parading this earth so choice 3 is out of the question. 

From the story of Jonah, we discover a very huge point which can be applied to our daily lives. God caused a storm to disturb the journey because of Jonah's disobedience. What we see as a punishment, storm or moment of crisis and pain in our lives is only an awakening to God's divine purpose. So enjoy every crisis moment as they come whether due to disobedience or God's will because they come to increase you. Personally, I believe if God still disciplines you then you must be special. It means you are definitely not a spectator and you're simply on your journey to your next phase in life.

Also notice how the ship didn't affect only Jonah but every other passenger. This shows that the people you move with could determine the quality of life you live. If you have someone on your ship who isn't living in line with God's will, you automatically carry their problem on your head. Ok back to this marriage topic again.lol (I just have to) In order to live in peace and protect your self from unwarranted troubles, you have to pick a man or woman who is obedient to the will of God. That also adds to my previous point of letting God choose your partner. When we refuse to align our plans with God's will, we create problems for ourselves and the people in our lives. You don't have to provoke God to raise a storm before you fulfill his purpose for your life.

I believe aligning our will with God's will can only be done by obedience, love for God's word and trust in his plans for our lives (which are of good and not of evil to give us an expected end - Jeremiah 29:11) Have a lovely day! *kisses*

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