The Doctrine Of Predestination

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The Doctrine of Predestination is one potential answer to the question of how individuals come to a saving faith in Christ. Although he did not invent the Doctrine of Predestination, John Calvin has often been considered its figurehead since the Reformation. This doctrine is defined as “the divine decree according to which certain persons are infallibly guided to eternal salvation.” On the other side of the argument is Arminianism. This view states the Christ died for all of humanity rather than just an elect percentage. The Arminianist argument states that God’s divine sovereignty is compatible with the free will of humanity. C.S. Lewis argued for and defended the Arminian view. Both sides can present biblical passages to support their arguments. The fact that the Bible is inconclusive on the matter is ultimately the source of this dispute. While either Calvin or Lewis could be correct, the truth is likely an amalgamation of the two.
Although the Bible is ambiguous on the topic of predestination versus free will, one will find a case for the Doctrine of Predestination in the scriptures. In the Bible, God uses individuals and people groups to fulfill plans for the world. Noah, for example, was chosen to survive the flood and continue humanity. God called Abraham from Ur to father the Nation of Israel, God’s chosen people in His plan to redeem creation. In Jeremiah 1:5, the case for predestination is particularly strong when God spoke to Jeremiah, telling him, “before I
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