It seems that I have been encountering a number of places that are using John Calvin’s ideas of predestination to divide Christians into “Calvinists” and Non-Calvinists”. Any division of Christians on the basis of the human understandings of predestination or election is of the devil in my opinion. I will explain such a direct response shortly.
While it is true that some of us believe in predestination and some of us don’t, I will show you that both groups are right and there is no need for division at all. Divisions of Christians on any basis only dilutes the forces for Jesus and His commission for us to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all peoples. When Christians fight and divide, only Satan wins.
It is true that John Calvin believed that God’s sovereign will held all things together. Calvin, along with Luther and the other reformers, held tight to Biblical roots. They wanted to get the Church back on track to Biblical basics. John Calvin believed in one God, one people of God, one gospel of grace, and one story the Bible, the Logos. All Christians should be on board at this point. Now, the age-old argument sticks up its ugly head…were we predestined, elected to be in God’s House before time began or not? Before I give you the answer, let me ask one question. If everything is set ahead of time…who is in and who is out…then why did Jesus tell us to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior?
“Time” is a dimension created for our earthly use. God exists where there is no time…everything is “now”. If everything is “now”, then there is no passage of time, and the beginning and the end are the same moment. That means that God can experience time as you do; as the song goes: “He walks with me and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own.” And as with Adam walking in the Garden together; but the Bible also tells us that we were known by God before the foundation of the world. God knows what we are going to do before we do it, because to God there is no movement of time. But wait, we are not God’s puppets controlled by heavenly strings; God’s love brings with it the risk of freedom to chose which way we will go, toward God or away. There is more on this subject of “time” in the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“, but for this blog, I’m keeping my comments short. The point is that the argument of whether or not there is predestination or election should be reduced to the category of a “non-issue” for both are right based on the “time” perspective.
Friends, there is no real understanding of this; we have no frame of reference on what an existence without “time” would be like. This requires an open mind and faith. Besides, we don’t have to understand it anyway. Jesus said we should come “as these little children”. Not childish, but open, trusting, and believing as a child. One thing for sure, we should not be dividing our brothers and sisters in Christ into groups of separation over such concepts as these that we have no way of comprehending…until we come into His Kingdom. Amen.