This post might not be the best for most of my normal readers, because it may very well cure their insomnia. However, what I am basically copying & pasting is something that I wrestle with on an almost weekly basis. This is NOT because it is an issue for me, but because far too often I watch "Believers" allowing Theology to become a new form of Idolatry for them. (In other words, the given theology that they embrace becomes more important than simply falling in love with Jesus.)
I had a very great and gracious man as a Theology Professor when I attended Bethel College about 279 years ago. His name was Roger Olson. If you would ask him where he stands with the whole "Free Will" VS "Predestination" debate within Evangelical Theological circles, he would say that he is an Arminian. (Not to be confused with people from the country of Armenia, or their kin in California whose names end in "GIAN.") They merely emphasize humanities free-will when it comes to Biblical stuff. Look it up online if need be.
SEE, I told you that it might be stuff to put average reader to sleep!!!
BTW: If you want me to choose between that whole debate...by that I mean, "Does God in his infinite knowledge choose YOU before the beginning of time," OR "Do you have free will and at some point in your sinfulness, God gives you the chance to follow him and you say yes to him," well, just ask me.
My answer will simply be "YEP!!!!"
Dr. Olson...I'll just post this stuff from his blog and leave it at that, because I thought it was very interesting AND I agreed with his attitude. After all of these years I still admire him for being faithful to following Jesus into his kingdom.
So here goes...