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?