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How do free will and divine predestination coincide?

Categories: Beliefs

Martin Elfert

Martin Elfert

The Rev. Martin Elfert is an immigrant to the Christian faith. After the birth of his first child, he began to wonder about the ways in which the Divine was at work in the world. Shortly thereafter, he joined Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC, where he and his new son were baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2005 and where the community encouraged him to seek ordination.


  1. “Free Will”… is certainly being debated in the field of Neuro-Science as to whether it really exists, and if so… how much do we really have, and… “Predestination” is definitely a wild philosophical speculative leap.


  2. If the Bible is taken into consideration, God does not seem to be One who waits for us to collaborate. He often says “I will…” with great authority. If I take my own will into consideration, I would hope for a God who is much more decisive and more reliable in His decisions than I am. I would certainly agree that God is not a jerk. I would also hope that in as much as He is love, He would control all things. I have no problem yielding that to Him. Anything less is not God, but a god of my own making or forming. I prefer to be the clay, let Him be the potter.