Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The navigator God

There are plenty of opportunities for confusion over the seeming contradiction of God's will and our free will.

Here's a clarifying analogy, based on Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.

From this I gather that God works as an actor in our life-world, in the time-space domain that he made for us (in which he demonstrated his presence and activity in Genesis 1 - working in the constraints of the same time that denominates our lives), shown in the flow of biblical history.

In this view, God is a navigator using the winds, currents and storms and the nature of his vessel to get to the port he plans to arrive at. He made the cosmos for us, and so works within it's ebb and flow, in our human affairs, only rarely intervening to protect the line of the messiah and demonstrate his credentials and the dawning of his kingdom.

The end story: God will achieve his purposes through the vicissitudes of human life and history.

[BTW, the 'his' in italics means that the translator has inserted this in line with the implication of the original Greek. I also de-capitalised 'his' because it's a pronoun, not a proper noun.]

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