free will vs. predestination

today a friend said he’s “waiting for god to change him” because he “can’t do it on his own”.  and while i generally agree with this statement it caught in my spirit somewhere.  maybe this is all semantics, so let me know if i’m just being silly.  i just think god gives us more responsibility than that.

i’m not saying he can’t (after all, who am i to say god can’t do anything) change someone but i think perhaps more often than not, the lord doesn’t change our actions towards people or ideas or things any more than he changes the numbers on our bank account statements.

in my personal experience he typically likes to stay behind that self-created fence and simply open my eyes to see the choices i could make.   so as i’m being a punk to someone he’ll make me think, “why exactly am i getting so heated and selfish about lending out a pair of socks?   who cares if this dude was too irresponsible to remember to bring his own socks?  why do i feel like i’m the one who should ‘teach him a lesson’?”  we all know those moments:  when we know we’re being silly, but we’d feel even more silly backing down than keeping up the act.  at that point (in my opinion) god’s done his part.  he provides the options…we still have to choose to cool down, ask for forgiveness, and realize it’s just a freaking pair of socks.

it’s not god’s perogative to turn us into puppets.  we still have to decide to love…today…tomorrow…next week.  and to be fair, i think if my friend read this he’d probably agree with everything i’ve just said.  sometimes i just need to explain things to myself to make sense of them all.


2 Responses to “free will vs. predestination”

  1. 2 lauren June 12, 2009 at 8:30 am

    definitely- freewill
    predestination is a cop out

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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
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