Quote of the Day

My fledgling understanding of quantum mechanics helped me with some theological puzzles that I had found confusing. For example, how can we have free will if an all-powerful God has control of every detail of our lives? When I read the Bible sometimes it seemed that God was in control, and sometimes it seemed that people were in control.  It was helpful to discover that, in the physical world, things that appeared contradictory on the surface (say an electron behaving like a wave and a particle) could be understood by a deeper and much more elegant theory like quantum mechanics. This led me to suspect that when I encountered what seemed to be profound logical or theological mysteries, a radically different way of interpreting the problem could make the whole thing come together in a very powerful way. Just as C.S. Lewis wrote about a ‘deeper magic’ in his Narnia series, there could perhaps also be a ‘deeper logic.’


I believe that Spurgeon once referred to free-will and predestination as two parallel lines that meet at the throne, which stuck with me for some reason.

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One Response to “Quote of the Day”

  1. Richard Barker Says:

    Thanks for this most interesting link Stuart and which reminds me of what Holy Spirit explained to the prophet Isaiah:

    “Remember this, keep it in mind,
    take it to heart, you rebels.
    Remember the former things, those of long ago;
    I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me.
    I make known the end from the beginning,
    from ancient times, what is still to come.
    I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.’
    From the east I summon a bird of prey;
    from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
    What I have said, that I will bring about;
    what I have planned, that I will do.” (Isa 46:8-11 NIV)

    As God is outside time seeing the end from the beginning and vice-verse, and is all-powerful He can reschedule and ‘sort out’ everything in between. And He STILL lets His prophets in on His plans (Amos 3:7)

    In practice I’ve found Paul’s Rom 8:28 statement is demonstrably true:
    ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

    I know this smacks of predestination but what’s hidden deep in the heart of this is our freedom of choice – to choose God and follow or to choose ourselves as the highest of existence. When we love Him then he fits us into His plans, adjusting circumstances and events in our lives as required.

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