My Thoughts on Predestination and Election
Anonymous asked you:
Do you believe in predestination? I’d like to hear your opinion because I’ve heard a lot about it lately and wanted to gain some insight on it!
I do believe in predestination. However, it is not the Calvinistic/Reformed view of predestination that has almost become synonymous with the term. Predestination is a biblical term, not a Calvinistic term. Those who hold the Bible to be authoritative have to do something with predestination, because it is in the text. This is true for all related terms, such as election, foreknowledge, etc. I’m not any sort of authority on this, but this is just some stuff I have concluded in my research and study on this topic.
So, this is what I do with the texts. When I tell people that I’m not a Calvinist, they automatically assume that I have to be an Arminian. But I don’t see either ways to be the most in line with a sound hermeneutic and exegesis of the biblical passages that deal with it. The main problem that I find with both is that they make predestination an individualistic idea.