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Is predestination biblical? Now before I continue allow me to define what I mean by predestination: Predestination is the theological understanding that Gods sovereignty, in order to be truly such, demands that every aspect of history - whether good or evil - is ordained by God and that all things happen according to His will and nothing happens unless He wills it. According to this view free-will is non-existent. All things happen, not because we freely chose them, but because God caused them to happen. Thus, a rape takes place because God willed it. A murder, an adulterous affair, and even the Connecticut school shooting of recent weeks happened precisely because God willed it to happen. In short, nothing happens unless God wills it, therefore everything that happens is Gods will. Even those who go to heaven go because God chose them to go and those who spend eternity in Hell go because God chose for them to go and there is nothing that can change His sovereign choice.
Rather than present arguments relative to this topic I will simply post a series of Bible texts that clearly refute this doctrine of predestination as defined above (though some of the texts will have notes). I invite you to read these texts prayerfully study them in their context, and ask God to show you His truth.
Hosea 8:4 “They set up kings but not by me.”
Jeremiah 19:5 “they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind.”
Jeremiah 32:5 “And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.”
Isaiah 7:9 [God tells Israel] “Unless your faith is firm I cannot make you stand firm.”
Isaiah 30:1 God says, “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin"
Micah 2:9 - You drive the women of my people from their pleasant homes. You take away my blessing from their children forever.
Micah 5:15 - I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.”
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve...”
Deuteronomy 30:19 “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...”
Ezekiel 1:15 "But I am very angry with the other nations that are now enjoying peace and security. I was only a little angry with my people, but the nations inflicted harm on them far beyond my intentions."
Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” [According to Jesus, Gods will is being done in heaven and we are to pray that it be done here, thus implying that it’s not being done here.]
Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” [According to this text it was Gods will that Jerusalem (The people of Israel/Judah) would come to Him but they weren't willing to come. In other words, their will to not come overruled Gods will that they do come.]
Luke 7:30 “But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.”
John 5:39-40 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”
Revelation 22:18 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.