Made for Destruction
Apr. 19th, 2010
Rom. 9:22 In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who were made for destruction.
Apparently there is a growing debate/discussion going on by some modern adhere
nts to the old John Calvin – John Wesley debate. I don’t claim to know much of either the ancient or modern, but have been questioned lately about my beliefs regarding predestination and free will. Do I believe that every human person is predestined to either believe and be forgiven and live e
ternally; or do I believe that some persons are predestined to not believe, not be forgiven and live eternally separated from God? I have a hard time with the polarities and definitiveness of this question, but honestly; I believe every person has the right and power to choose to believe or not believe. I am a Wesleyan, and I believe in free will. Yet, this verse makes it sound like indeed, there are some folks “made for destruction.” Pretty hard to argue with that!
In the middle of this debate, (which I find interesting in its modern evolutions) one must (it seems to me) interject another factor. God’s purposes are often beyond our human understanding. Even the way God hardens Pharaoh’s heart while plagues and tragedies increase against his beloved imprisoned Hebrews; seems hard for us to understand. The way that God destroys the whole of the human race, save Noah and his family, the way that God allows his only Son to be killed…all seem beyond our ability to comprehend.
I think much of this debate between free will and predestination might fall in this same category. I’m not sure we really get all the intricacies of God’s plans, and God’s purposes. All I know for sure is this: whether by a personal free will choice, or by a complete free choice of God, I believe I am saved, and I will do my best to live that way today. If I find out sometime later that I have been mislead in believing that I’m saved; well, what am I out? I’m living a great life, and enjoying the benefits of such. If I’ve deluded myself into thinking/believe that I’m one of God’s predestined, and I find out I’m wrong…I’m still happy to be living this life. I’d rather find this out than be one who is living opposed to God, rejecting God, not believing in God, and then find out I was wrong!