Agree or Disagree: Your life has been predetermined.

In the 1500, a man named John Calvin became a major player in church history. Calvin was a popular pastor, author and theologian that was heavily involved with the Reform movement. His major theory that he has been known is a doctrine in the Christian Church called predestination. Calvin believed that humans salvation was already predetermined. In other words, he believed God already knows who will be going to Heaven and who will be going to Hell. It is part of a very popular and influential  theory known today as Calvinism.

In the late 1500s a theologian named Jacobus Ariminus had a different theory. He essentially believed that we as humans were given free will. That our destiny in a sense was not predetermined, but we were given free will. His theory is also well known in Christian circles as Arminianism.

Now, over the last 500  years the debate has continued with no real solution. People from both perspectives feel that they have some legitimate arguments and defences from Scripture to hold their position. As well as over the years, there has been different theories brought on. Including one that is called Open Theology. That was brought forth in a book called God of the Possible by Greg Boyd in 2000.

The idea of predetermination however is not only a simple religious argument, it has some real life implications as well. We as humans wonder about out life. Who we marry, where we live and what we will be when we grow up. Some serious things to consider and wonder about. Things that we seek some comfort in. Whether that be in a religious setting or some going to psychics or tarot card readings, we have a serious concern about where our life is going.

What do you think? Are our choices, predetermined, or predestined? Is the idea of free will an illusion? Or do we as humans have  actual free will?



4 responses to “Agree or Disagree: Your life has been predetermined.

  1. I think we all have free will but we are set here to learn a specific lesson or lessons. I think everything happens for a reason, therefore something can be learned from every experience but in the end it is our choice whether we learn or repeat each lesson. Basically, free will with a purpose.

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  3. How this question breaks into everyday stuff is through the exercise of our pursuit of the will of God. If we think that it is all up to God, we will spend our time in the prayer room. If we think that God has done His part and now it’s up to us to get to work using His provision then the ball is in our court, so to speak. The thing is, to do nothing is not available to us and there is way too many Christians doing nothing.


    Calvinists teach that God has predetermine that certain individuals will be saved and that others will burn in hell. If that were the case, then God has selected certain men to become atheists. Remember Satan is the great deceiver. Satan was a liar from the beginning.

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (NKJV)

    God’s grace is available to all men including atheists.

    1 Timothy 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. 4 who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (NKJV)

    God wants all men to be saved. All men includes atheists.

    Romans 10:14-17 ……16 But they have not obeyed the gospel…17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJV)

    Atheists can be saved like anyone else. They have to hear the gospel. They have to obey the gospel. Faith comes after hearing the gospel, not before.

    What has to happen for atheists to be saved?
    1. Hear the gospel. Romans 10:14-17
    2. They have to obey the gospel by A. Believing: John 3:16. B. By confessing: Romans 10:9-10. C. By repenting: Acts 2:38. D. By being immersed in water: Acts 2:38

    All men are saved the same way under the New Covenant terms for pardon.

    God does not individually select certain men to be saved and others to burn in hell. That is one of Satan’s lies.

    Obedience to the gospel is the reason men are saved.
    God does select men for salvation and then force them to believe and be saved.

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