When reflecting on the teaching about Calvinistic Predestination, I suggest that we go step by step.
Notice the following steps:
- Start with the axiom that God is holy and He is not the author of sin.
- Go back to the era when there was nothing except God.
- Bring your mind to the point when Christ who was a divine persona and this spirit persona created the invisible thrones, dominions, powers and authorities including the angelic hosts. See Col. 1:15-16. Among these angelic host was Lucifer who was perfect and beautiful. The angels possessed free will. They were moral agents.
- Read Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28; 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6. This is the rebellion of Lucifer wherein he became Satan, he became the Devil. Lucifer willed to become ambitious, an ambition to become equal with the Almighty God.
- We ask this question: Did God will for Lucifer to rebel and become Satan or adversary? (This question should be answered.)
- We ask this question: Was it Lucifer who willed to rebel and become the Devil, the accuser? (This should be answered.)
- Who willed and whose responsibility was the rebellion of Satan, the Devil? This should also be answered.
- Did God program the will of Lucifer to become rebellious? (This should be answered.)
- Who is the author of the first rebellion which is Lucifer’s sin, God or Lucifer?
- Now we ask, “Who determined to commit the first sin, God or Lucifer?”
- Did God predetermine and predestine Lucifer to become a sinner?
- Did Lucifer’s rebellion bring glory to God?
If the above are sincerely answered, your answers will help us conclude whether or not there is individual predestination. Our answers will help us conclude whether or not God allows the exercise of free will or not. This will help us determine personal accountability. (Eusebio A. Tanicala , Ph.D. 7.20.10)