As in to foreordain, predetermine, predestinate. The notion God predetermined all events (natural, spiritual, human) is simply not true nor is it Biblically sound. Below are a few examples of how predestination is man-made. No matter how deep or great our knowledge is about God - God remains above human thought and conception. 👑
If we accept the idea God has predetermined all events then we must also accept the fall of Lucifer, Adam and Eve as being foreordained, destined, and predetermined by God.
After all, God created Lucifer, Adam and Eve. The question becomes did God predestine Lucifer, Adam and Eve to fall? Or was their fall brought on by their own disobedience?
Why would a loving God foreordain so much pain in the world? Or did he? In the book of Isaiah 45:7 (NIV), God says "I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things". ➡ This doesn't mean God is evil!
It means God creates the daylight, and the night... God brings wealth when we're righteous and disaster when we become his foe. If we believe God predestined all things then we must also believe Hitler was predestined to kill 6 million Jews. God forbid!
God would never predestine such destruction of innocent life! If we believe God predestined all things then we must accept slavery in America as a preordained event sanctioned by God! No! God has not preordained all events.
We have to understand demonic and human interaction within the workings of the universe. For one: We must understand humans are demigods in the sense we carry the breath of God in our souls (Genesis 2:7) KJV. For two: (Psalm 82:6) declares humans are gods, sons of the Most High. This divine nature within humans makes us a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:4-9). Just as God, Lucifer, angels and demons are eternal, so are humans for humans have a soul that is eternal or long lasting, for the soul that continues in disobedience shall die. Meaning evil souls shall burn in Sheol for a long time until they are no more.
In (1 Samuel 28:11-19) we see the soul of Samuel awaken, although Samuel was physically dead his soul was awaken in the spirit realm and he did physically talk to King Saul and the Medium. Do you think God preordained all that to happen? Why would God preordain King Saul to consult a Medium to awaken Samuel's soul and then punish King Saul for doing so?
God did not preordain Lucifer to fall, nor did God preordain Adam and Eve to fall! Yes, God can predestine things for our lives; however, we have the power of freewill to accept or reject what God preordains for us.
Predestination can and has been interrupted by fallen angels and humans. For example: Slavery in the Americas (Trans-Atlantic) has changed the destiny of many Countries (good and bad). Slavery in all its horror and gruesomeness has changed the trajectory of Races and cultures around the globe.
Colonization was not of God more than it was man's own plan and manifest destiny. Predestination continues to be interpreted the wrong way, it continues to be misused by people who seem to think everything that happens to them was preordained by God. It wasn't!
The child that was molested, the woman raped, the kid killed by a stray bullet was not predestined by God, but was brought on by human actions and evilness.
It was Joseph who said God turned an evil situation into a good one (Genesis 50:20). God said to Jeremiah "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you an expected end". However, this isn't forced by God, it must be accepted according to freewill.
Just as God has a predestined plan, so does Satan. In the Bible we read of a faithful man named Job. God's plan for Job's life was going well until Satan challenged God concerning Job (Job 1:7-12). Although God delivered Job from his troubles, he suffered great loss. The life of Job proves God has not preordained all things. At any moment Job could of given up and cursed God to his face.
There are things evil spirits and humans can preordain as well. Predestination must be re-taught in the sense God isn't some being who predetermined all things and is sitting back watching all things unfold in rewind.
Predestination makes freewill null and void. If some are predestined by God for heaven and others for hell that means God isn't a fair and just God. That would mean no matter how good a person is, if God predestined him/her for hell then that person's good deeds means nothing. A person predestined for hell before the foundations of the world was better off aborted or not even born.
This brings the Apostle Judas to mind. Was Judas predestined for hell? No! He had a choice. He became the son of predition (John 17:12) because of greed; however, predition and predestination have different meanings. On the contrary, Jesus did everything possible to save Judas (John 6:70), however, Judas chose his own destiny.
The Apostle Paul talked about believers being chosen before the foundation or creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) if this is hyperbole I do not know. The question becomes what's the purpose of salvation if *some have already been chosen before the foundation or creation of the world and others not?
How can one be shapen in iniquity, born in sin (Psalm 51:5) and yet be chosen by God before the foundation or creation of the world? Again, just because God chooses someone doesn't mean He can't or won't reject them. Saul as King was chosen and rejected by God because of his disobedience to Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh! That wasn't predestination, that was King Saul's freewill that lead to his removal and demise.
Being chosen isn't a guaranteed path to heaven. Let's look at Moses - Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians (Acts 7:22). God revealed Himself to Moses and gave him the TEN COMMANDMENTS, even revealed the Torah to Moses.
Moses saw the back image of God (Exodus 33:20-23). God did many miracles, signs and wonders with and through Moses, yet Moses angered God and was not allowed to enter the promised land. Once again we see God's plan (predestination) being broken by human error. Why? Because there is no such thing as predestination to God, only freewill!
Let's look at King Solomon. Solomon was an amazing man whom God gave supernatural wisdom too. Solomon had riches, he had a kingdom of peace with various Nations. God had planned (for lack of a better word) many things for King Solomon until Solomon started doing things his way and broke from God's plan for his life (1 Kings 11:4-13). Again, we see being chosen doesn't mean the agreement, oath, covenant can't be broken.
What about predestination and global warming? The Apostle Paul spoke about the creation groaning in pain (Romans 8:22) was he talking natural or spiritual /or/ both? Did Paul recognize the effects of global warming before 21st Century scientists? For some...global warming is totally caused by humans. Can humans change the climate or is humans use of nature changing the climate?
The effects of global warming is projected to have a number of effects on the oceans. Ongoing effects include rising sea levels due to thermal expansions and melting of glaciers and ice sheets and warming of the ocean surface, leading to increased temperature stratification. The Apostle Peter spoke of elements melting with fervent heat, he also spoke of the earth being burned up (2 Peter 3:10) KJV. Was Peter speaking of global warming as it relates to predestination or was Peter prophesying?
Prophecy doesn't mean predestination. In the book of Genesis, God used rain and rising sea and ocean water to drown those who didn't enter Noah's ark. Could part of that punishment be considered global warming?
Can man reverse God's mind relative to global warming? In a sense yes! If man humbles himself, pray, seek God's face and turn from his wicked ways; God will hear, forgive, and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This means although God may plan, preordain or predestine a thing, man has the ability to change God's mind and plans.
God is too great and the universe He created is too vast for Him to be a God who predestined all things!
"...Predestination is boring!"
Why would God predestine all things just to bore himself by knowing the outcomes?! God is to awesome and creative for humans or theologians to lock in a box that attempts to rationalize the mind of that great God known as (Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh).
If God plans a thing for us we must remain in the vein of God to receive it. If and when we leave the vein of God is when we step outside of what His plan is for our lives.
God planned for Adam and Eve to live a life of abundance in Eden, however, Eve was deceived and Adam disobeyed (1 Timothy 2:14) (Romans 5:19-21) which was their choice and freewill to do.
We are destroyed because we lack knowledge, not because God preordain or predestines us to fail. Such a notion doesn't fit the character of a loving Father.
Again, God's plan for our lives can be accepted or rejected. When we teach predestination from this perspective is when we'll take personal responsibility for our lives and stop blaming God for everything!
Dr. Jim Allen