Flashcards in Providence and Predestination Deck (20):
(Def) Divine Providence
God's sovereign control and direction of events in the world.
God has a good and wise plan for his creation
God's plan was formulated in eternity (prior to creation)
History just is the unfolding of God's plan.
God's plan is comprehensive.
It concerns every event within creation.
God's plan includes the free will choices of his creatures -both good and evil.
God's plan is not dependent on contingencies in the creation beyond his control.
God's plan originates ultimately and entirely in his own free decree.
God's plan is effectual and infallible.
Every event occurs in accordance with his plan.
God's plan includes the ends and means.
It is not fatalistic.
God's plan includes the sins of his creatures, but does not entail that God is sinful.
God's plan is directed toward the ultimate end of his own glory.
"Makes God the author of evil"
1. Primary (ultimate) v. Secondary (proximate) causes
2. Divine v. Human intention (Gen 50:20, Is 10)
3. Responsibility v. Culpability
"Implies that God's will is for us to sin, to break his own moral rules."
God's preceptive (revealed) v. decretive (secret) will. Deut 29:29.
God's preceptive will
Revealed - God's perfect moral character
God's decretive will
Secret - God's perfect sovereign plan
"Undermines human freedom and responsibility. We're not robots."
We freely act according to our desires and intentions. We're not coerced.
Predestination: Logical deduction
God's sovereignty over all things entails his sovereignty over salvation
Debate b/n Cal's and Arm's
1. On what basis does God elect?
2. Which choice is ultimate, God's or ours?
3. Why ultimately do some come to faith while others do not?