Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Guest Post - Some Thoughts on Sovereignty Vs. Fate

Twin #2 offered these quotes in response to a post I made earlier. Once again, such great thoughts seemed a shame to bury in the comments section, so I have produced a slightly edited version here. Consider:
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Romans 8:28-30 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified."

C.H. Spurgeon, said:

"We are no believers in fate, seeing that fate is a different doctrine altogether from predestination. Fate says the thing is and so it must be, so it is decreed. But the true doctrine is-God has appointed this and that, not because it must be, but because it is best that is should be. Fate is blind, but the destiny of Scripture is full of eyes. Fate is stern and adamantine, and has no tears for human sorrow. But the arangements of providence are kind and good."

and:

"Opposition to divine sovereignty is essentially atheism. Men have no objection to a god who is really no God, a god who shall be the subject of caprise, who shall be a servile follower of their will, who shall be under their control. But a God who speaks and it is done, who commands and it stands fast, a God who does as he will among the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of this lower world, such a God as this they cannot endure. And yet, is it not essential to the very being of God that he should be absolute and supreme? Certainly to the scriptural conception of God, sovereignty is an absolute necessity."