Month: June 2012

The phrase ‘free will’ and predestination

Some random thoughts on the phrase ‘free will’ and also predestination and whether the Bible does conflict in this (I don’t think it does). “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) Jesus clearly has a will of His own, separate from the Fathers’, with which he could make choices, but he clearly submitted his will to the Father completely. This is further enforced by John 6:38.   The phrase ‘free will’ It is interesting first to observe that Jesus has a will of His own, and...

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The Gospel good news, bad news, or both and the half-truth gospel?

The Gospel good news, bad news, or both? These days it seems many Christians are keen to keep away from the ‘bad news’ of the Gospel – the places where mankind stands in relation to God, sin, and all that. I think without the bad news first, the truth of the Gospel is not complete and a half-truth is really no truth at all. Others are keen only to speak of condemnation, the wrath of God and of pushing hell, sometimes, so the good news is all but lost amongst a torrent of doom. Jesus does not condemn, he...

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