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Predestination. Chapter 14. To what extent does God control our destiny ?. Things like… Prosperity and decline? Fortune and misfortune in human life? Salvation and damnation? Even the rise and fall of nations?. Christianity. Support Predestination. Deny Predestination.

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Predestination

Predestination

Chapter 14


To what extent does God

control our destiny ?

  • Things like…

  • Prosperity and decline?

  • Fortune and misfortune in human life?

  • Salvation and damnation?

  • Even the rise and fall of nations?


Christianity
Christianity

Support Predestination

Deny Predestination

AFTER THE FALL:

"And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart."

Genesis 6:6

"And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.“

Romans 8:30


Islam
Islam

Support Predestination

Deny Predestination

“God changes not what is in a people, until they change what is in themselves.”

Quran 13:11

"No soul can believe, except by the Will of God, and He (Allah) will place doubt on those who will not understand.”

Quran 10:100


Sikhism
Sikhism

Support Predestination

Deny Predestination

“By one’s own hands is one’s affairs set straight.”

Adi Granth,

Asa M.1 (pg. 473-4)

"All existence the theater of God’s play...All happens as by His will; Nothing by our power comes to pass.”

Adi Granth, Majh M.5, (pg 103)


Hinduism
Hinduism

Support Predestination

Deny Predestination

"I have given you words of vision… Ponder them in the silence of your soul, and then in freedom do you will."

Bhagavad Gita 18:3

“God’s power of wonder moves all things - puppets in a play of shadows - whirling them onwards on the stream of time.“

Bhagavad Gita 18:60‑61


Buddhism
Buddhism

Support Predestination

Deny Predestination

"Make of yourself a light. Rely upon yourself: do not depend upon anyone else."

Digha Nikaya 16, (TB pg. 10)

"Any wrong or evil a man does, is born in himself… and this crushes the foolish man as a hard stone grinds the weaker stone.”

Dhammapada 12:161


Predestination of God’s Will

God

God’s

Will

Absolute,

Unique, Eternal,

Unchanging

Absolute,

Unique, Eternal,

Unchanging

  • “Predestination” of God’s Will = Absolute

  • For example:

    • Purpose of Creation

    • Providence of Restoration


Predestination of Fulfillment of God’s Will

God’s Will

Absolute

But, the fulfillment of God’s will:

God’s

Responsibility

95%

Human

Responsibility

5%

+

Predestination of the Fulfillment of God’s Will is Conditional.


Two types scriptures
Two Types Scriptures

Verses that Support Predestination

Verses that Deny Predestination

Focus on the fulfillment of God’s Will which is:

Conditional

Focus on the predestination of God’s Will which is:

Absolute


Qualifications of a Central Figure

① Central or Correlate history.

② Ancestry.

③ Inborn nature.

④ Character traits.

⑤ Providential time.


Accomplishment of God’s Will is

Not Absolutely Predestined

It Depends upon us fulfilling our responsibility

Our

Responsibility

5%

God’s

Responsibility

95%


The value of a perfected person

The Value of a Perfected Person


The Relationship between God and the Universe

mind

Man

All Things

Image

(Map)

body

External Form

God

External Form

mind

All

Things

Embody the Principle

body

Symbol

(Flag)


Realizing the ideal of creation through love
Realizing the Ideal of Creation through Love

  • God created the world in order to realize love. He created the universe so that He could rejoice over people and all things as they become one centering on His love and making a harmonious world of love.

CSG, pg. 90


The original ideal of man
The Original Ideal of Man

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

I Corinthians 3:16


The original ideal of man1
The Original Ideal of Man

Offering and keeping Precepts make the foundation necessary to build a great castle on. Endurance and Endeavor are the walls of the castle…

Avatamsaka-sutra 6

(Teachings of Buddha, pg. 169)


The original ideal of man2
The Original Ideal of Man

"And when a man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others: then he goes indeed to the highest Path."

BhagavadGita 13:28


The original ideal of man3
The Original Ideal of Man

We have indeed created man in the best of moulds.

Koran 95:4

He (Allah)… breathed into him (man) something of His spirit.

Koran 32:7-9


The original ideal of man4
The Original Ideal of Man

... Our Soul is the image of the Transcendent God.

Adi Granth, pg 868


The Value of a Person Who has Fulfilledthe Purpose of Creation

God

Mind

Perfect

First Mind

True

Person

Body

Perfect

Second Mind

Perfected Person: Divine Value

Eternal Value


The Value of a Person Who has Fulfilledthe Purpose of Creation

God

A

C

B

Joy

Joy

C

A

Joy

Only One

B

Perfected Person: Unique Value


Spirit World

Cosmos

Physical World

The Value of a Person Who has Fulfilledthe Purpose of Creation

Internal

Character

Spirit Self

God

Physical Self

External

Form

Perfected Person: Cosmic Value


The Person Who has Fulfilled the Purpose of Creation

God

Mind

Body

Man

① Divine Value

② Eternal Value

③ Unique Value

④ Cosmic Value


Swami sivananda
Swami Sivananda

“What you are, is God’s gift to you. What you become, is your gift to God.”


Lessons Learned

  • Absoluteness of God’s will

  • Absolute necessity of human beings to fulfill their responsibility

  • Perfection of our individual character is based on our relationship with God.