How Does Predestination Fit With Choice?

feb19, scalesTo most Christians, predestination and choice seem at odds with each other. Either we believe we can choose Christ or Christ chose us to be saved. But can both be true?

I like John MacArthur’s answer to this question. Both are true. Though we can’t wrap our minds around how we can be both chosen and having chosen to follow the Lord, both are true because both are in the Bible.

Deuteronomy 7:6 (KJV) shows how God chose Israel. “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

Likewise, 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) shows how we faithful are chosen by God. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”

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God also asks people to decide between following him or going their own way. Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV) clearly states, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”

The Apostle Paul, speaking to the Greeks, said in Acts 17:30 (KJV) that before Christ’s coming, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:”

Jesus feb19b, tribal camp positionsalso said, in reference to the slaughter of Jewish worshippers by Pilate in Luke 13:5 (KJV), “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

I’ll be writing more about this seaming contradiction in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Just because we can’t understand how predestination and choice can be true doesn’t mean that one or the other is false. It’s like light. It’s made of waves and particles, yet both states apply to it.

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God Loves Jews and Christians But Allah Hates Them?

jul04This month, I want to show how different the God of the Bible is from Islam’s Allah. Far too many Christians, who ought to know better, assume that God and Allah are the same person. They most certainly are not.

As I noted in a previous post, God is jealous, meaning protective, of his people who he loves. He chose Israel out of all the peoples of the world to be the ones through whom his beloved son would be born. As he spoke through one of his prophets in Zechariah 1:14 (KJV), “So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.”jul04a

The Queen of Sheba noticed God’s love being lavished on Israel and said to Solomon in 1 Kings 10:9 (KJV), “Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.”

And as Christ’s most impulsive disciple noted in 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV), “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises ofjul4b him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”

But the Qu’ran refutes this by saying in sura 3:64, (translated by Ali ‘Imran) “Say, “O People of the Book, come to terms common between us and you: that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate nothing with Him, and that none of us takes others as lords besides Allah.” And if they turn away, say, “Bear witness that we have submitted.:

This verse denies that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are divine. Why would God say they were before this and then deny it? Either he’s inconsistent or Allah isn’t the God of creation.

The Bible shows in Malachi 3:6 (KJV) that, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Here is additional proof that Allah can’t be God. Why would he love Christians when sura 3:151 states, “We will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they attribute to Allah partners for which He revealed no sanction. Their lodging is the Fire. Miserable is the lodging of the evildoers.”

I could list so many other examples of the vast difference between God and Allah but I’ll save them for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People need to realize that ONLY in Christ is there salvation from hell. And before our Lord was born, people such as Abraham were saved by their trust in God, not their own works.