The Word that No One Wants to Talk About
Lorraine Day, M.D.
Christians say that their religion is founded on the Bible, and the Bible ONLY! If the Bible says it, then it must be true. But there's one word that Christians love to hate --- or at least they try to ignore--- and that's the word predestination, even though it appears in the Bible FOUR times: Romans 8: 29, 30 and Eph. 1:5, 11. "And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.
Because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." Romans 8:28,29,30
"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will." Eph 1:5 "...in whom we also have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh ALL things after the counsel of His own will." Eph 1:11
These texts are clear: God has predestinated those whom He chose before the foundation of the world. Since the Bible talks about predestination, then we at least have to deal with it. What does it mean?
These texts either mean that God has predestinated some to be saved and some to be lost, (which most of us can't agree with since God doesn't play favorites), or God has predestinated ALL to be saved. This makes everyone shudder to think that God could actually be so wonderful that He could draw ALL back to Him and put in their hearts the desire to be like Him, even though that's what God's Word says He will do.
God will be "ALL in ALL" (1 Cor 15:28)
"He is the Saviour of ALL mankind, especially of those who believe" (1 Tim 4:10)
"God wills that ALL men be saved, and come to a knowledge of the truth"(1 Tim 2:1-6)
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, WILL draw ALL unto me" (John 12:32).
God is not willing that any should perish but that ALL should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
There are 16 additional texts which give this same message.
So what is the answer? We must deal with the problem. We can't just sweep it under the rug. It demands an answer.
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