Question on FB: “What does the Bible say about predestination v. free will?”
God desires that all men and women be saved and therefore predestines us to be conformed to His image in righteousness by faith in Jesus as Lord (1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 8:29); this, as the Gospel was ordained “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10); unfortunately, only a “few” will humble them self before the Lord and trust in Jesus Christ for the mediation of sin (Matthew 7:13-14) and thereby enter into an everlasting covenant with the Father through the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14).
From the creation of the angels forward and with the creation of mankind, free will has been central to God’s will and His Plan for both the angelic and human creation. God is defined as LOVE (1 John 4:7-8) and God’s greatest desire in both Eternity and in Time is “relationship” with both His angelic and human creation; therefore, in order for love and relationship to manifest with authenticity, purity, honesty, integrity, wholesomeness, reciprocating fulfillment, the parties involved in that relationship of love must possess the volition, the free will, to “choose” to love, to engage in relationship; otherwise, love and relationship are impotent and unfulfilling. Authentic love and relationship cannot be predestined or coerced nor can love exist in fear.If God created some for life and some for death in Hell; if God predestined some to love Him and others to hate Him with the certainty of judgement and death in Hell, where is LOVE? Where is equity? Where is due process? Where is love? Where is morality?
I ask you, what is the purpose of God’s moral law? Is the law of God not an arbiter of free will? Are we not free moral agents possessing the ability to “choose” right and wrong; love and hate; good and evil? Why then the LAW if free will is nonexistent and we’re nothing more than pre-programmed robots?
Our entire creation in Time is the resultant of a war, a coup, initiated by a rebellious cherub angel practicing free will in the Kingdom of God and our Earth was created specifically as a battle ground for this war between good and evil allowing God to remove the destructive sin of the rebellious angel and those who followed him in the coup and place that evil upon the Earth to be dealt with partially constrained by Time and physics; this, as nothing impure is permitted to exist in the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27). God is currently demonstrating to the faithful angelic creation that did not follow the rebellious angels the horrors of disobedience, the suffering caused by sin, the death that naturally follows violations of God’s moral laws; so then, I ask you this…If God predestines some to life and some to death in Hell, why not simply destroy the rebellious angel and be done with it…why does God tolerate a defiled, rebellious, narcissistic, human creation that has caused Him nothing but consternation, pain and sorrow?
If God predestined angels to love Him and predestines men and women to obey and disobey, why is God striving so diligently to maintain volitional love with His angelic creation as opposed to simply destroying the rebellious angels and circumvent the suffering on Earth? Why the suffering and death of Jesus Christ for our sin?