After thinking further, I think the answer is that not only are both true but they are the same thing. Preposterous you say? I think we have to know that human logic is not the same as God’s logic (Is 55:9).I also think that God has provided us evidence of this in the natural world so that we can apply it in the spiritual world. The picture at the beginning of this post is the first example. The picture is an ambigram where it can be read as either wave or particle. The electromagnetic spectrum, including visible light, can be considered as a wave or as a particle. This is known as wave-particle duality where light can be viewed as a wave or as a particle but not both simultaneously. The same seems to be true with electrons and other subatomic particles as well. This would seem to imply that we don’t really understand these particles because they can’t be one or the other. And that is what has happened because along came string theory to try to better “interpret” these particles as being like a one dimensional string that vibrates and the frequency of vibration will define what type of subatomic particle one is describing. Even this theory doesn’t explain everything, but I think you get the point. We have a particle but we don’t fully understand it. We know that you can look at it from different perspectives, yet it is still describing the same particle.
Now, doesn’t that sound similar to this spiritual concept? So, you can view one’s acceptance of Christ as either free will or predestination but you can’t reconcile them together. This means that it is not really one or the other, we just have not been able to understand the true concept. So, this means that you can look at this as predestination or free will and you will be describing the same concept – just not fully, because the true understanding is something in between. Perhaps that is why Paul did not try to explain the predestination concept because it really is not different from free will after all. It may appear different to us but not to God. God fully understands it. We just need to accept it.
Is that hard to swallow? Well, scientists no longer fight over an electron or other subatomic particle being a particle or a wave or a string. They have come to accept that these are all true, but inaccurate, descriptions of the same concept. They accept that. Is that faith? They may not say so, but if we accept something without fully understanding it, isn’t that faith? Isn’t that what God expects of us? We don’t have to understand Him to accept Him. It is all possible with faith.
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