085: Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Apr 11, 2019 | Apologetics, Podcast, Theology

In our Christian life, it’s not uncommon to wonder whether every circumstance we endure has been foreordained by God to take place.

I, for one, have questioned whether certain things in life were necessary, such as the early death of my father. Strangely, though, I’ve never pondered so deeply about the presence of a hangnail on my finger.

Here’s what I’m getting at:

When we say everything happens for a reason, do we really mean every thing?

I think we can form a biblically-based understanding of the sovereignty of God which preserves the pervasive sovereignty of God, the free will (and responsibility) of man, and the ultimate and immediate purposefulness (according to the will of God) of circumstances in our lives.

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  1. Why, though I’m charitable toward those who hold this view, I think theological determinism is false from both biblical and philosophical angles.
  2. An offering as to how my view on Molinism actually holds the highest possible view of God’s sovereignty.
  3. A new possible aphorism to use in place of “everything happens for a reason.”

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