i found this quote by gk chesterton to be apropos to what i said in my last entry
…as long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic. He has permitted the twilight. He has always had one foot in earth and the other in fairyland… if he saw two truths that seemed to contradict each other, he would take the two truths and the contradiction along with them…
that being said, ironically, i think i finally have been able to convince myself that predestination is bunk, and that free will has to be the way. put simply, this is my logic
1. God is perfect justice
2. people can go to hell
3. being predestined to hell isn’t just
3a. i can determine that based on imago dei and my broken reflection of God
4. God can’t condradict himself because it would make him imperfect
5. however, if an individual freely chose sin, God would have no choice but banish him/her to hell
5a. see assumption 1
5. therefore, there are only three conclusions:
God is not perfect justice (assumption 1)
people do not go to hell (assumption 2)
5c. people are given free will do decide, with full consequence of their decisions.
the only loophole in my logic i thought is that i don’t know everything about God, and maybe predestination to hell is just… but my heart doesn’t fly with that.
remember the titans in my room tonight as program #2… we’ll see how it swings