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  • Predestination

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    Predestination Predestination, in the dictionary, is said to be "the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation." Scripture has 2 very good passages for defining what predestination is: Jeremiah 1:5 which says "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." God is talking about Jeremiah in this passage and how God chose him before time;

  • The Doctrine of Predestination

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    The Doctrine of Predestination “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”1 Arguably, this verse from Genesis is one of the most well known verses in the Bible aside from John 3:16. It is a universal Christian belief that God created the world and all of its inhabitants, making Him all-powerful. As Christians recognize God’s omnipotence, they also acknowledge that God is all-knowing. Although Christians in general recognize God’s omniscience, there is internal debate regarding how

  • Luther and Calvin; Predestination

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    In Loraine Boettner’s book The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Boettner describes predestination as; “Predestination teaches that from eternity God has had one unified plan or purpose which he is bringing to perfection through this world order of events.” (Pg. 205) Luther strongly agrees with predestination. In The Bondage of Will Luther states “So that neither is there here any willingness, or "Free-will," to turn itself into another direction, or to desire any thing else, while the influence

  • Macbeth: Predestination or Free Will?

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    When reading William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, it seems that Macbeth was predestined to do the terrible deeds that he did. However, there is also a valid argument that Macbeth exercised his free will and chose to do those things on his own. This discussion leads into many different topics, but it relates most to spirituality. The concept of free will and how it relates to Macbeth and our present lives yields a relevant and interesting topic for further discussion. The first argument for Macbeth

  • Fate, Destiny, and Predestination in Beowulf

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    Fate, Destiny, and Predestination in Beowulf An epic story is one that combines elements of supernatural powers and heroic deeds with plebeian troubles. In Beowulf , the unknown author paints a typical yet magnificent tale that is one of the great epic chronicles of the Middle Ages. Like the poems of Homer, Beowulf possesses terrible monsters, men with supernatural powers, the search for glory, and deadly defeats. However, this medieval account brings a new element into the folds: the association

  • The Debate over Election: Predestination vs. Free Will

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    All stem from unbelief, and one certain question, predestination or free will, causes disagreements throughout the globe for the followers of faith. Christians must look at all facets of one’s eternal election. To start, John Calvin, Calvinism’s creator, originated the religious use of the idea, predestination. Predestination is the plan God gives to some to get salvation eternally (“Predestination”). It is the major belief of Calvinism. Predestination causes great debates among Christian scholars.

  • Predestination in Book III of John Milton's Paradise Lost

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    Predestination in Book III of Paradise Lost Milton's purpose in Paradise Lost is nothing less than to assert eternal providence and justify the ways of God to men - a most daunting task.  For Milton to succeed in his endeavour, he has to unravel a number of theologiccal thorns that have troubled christian philosophers for centuries.  Since his epic poem is, essentially, a twelve book argument building to a logical conclusion - the 'justification of the ways of God to men' - he will necessarily

  • The Deception of Predestination

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    Fate, being always truly unknown and seemingly static, is not something that one should tamper with. It leads all decisions and outcomes, if one so chooses to believe in the concept of predestination. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, three witches decisively go against their orders and toy with the lives of thousands of people by telling riddles of the future and it’s biddings. Evidently, all those who were given a glance into their future by the meddling trio soon let sanity slip through their

  • Predestination Essay

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    Perform a comparative analysis that reflects the difference between freedom and predestination. Provide an example of each and reflect how these theories are applicable for today's society. Predestination: the doctrine of the Bible, says that God has a purpose and He is working all things out according to His own will and purpose. Predestination teaches that God neither does nor permits anything except what serves. His purpose, this means that GOD IS the SELF-GOVERNING of the world, the one who

  • Adam in Milton's Paradise Lost

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    much-debated question. Free will is the condition of having control or direction over fate or destiny; the individual shapes his life and future through his actions. The opposing view, complete lack of free will (made famous by John Calvin), is predestination, which expresses the idea that our futures have been foreseen long before our existences, so our actions are preordained, and our paths chosen for us. Milton's presentation of the character Adam wrestles with these ideas around free will throughout