Other challenging thoughts about predestination

“That which is written on thine forehead, thou will come to it” (or words to that effect). “When its time has come, the prey will go to the hunter.” Intuitively, one can glimpse the probability implicit in these statements. Since every illuminative thought about life is likely to have been said or written somewhere or some time, does it matter who expressed the above words (which were probably Persian in origin)? To me, it is the value of the thought, not who said it first (or last), which is relevant.

The above philosophy implies that we (and animals) have no choice, but to simply follow the path on which each of us has been set. My sense of personal freedom rejects that perspective. Yet, I have now come to realise that my life-path had been laid for me.

Is God implicated? If so, why assume that God is a micro-manager; that God determines each life-path personally, right to the end? Perhaps God only directs the play, more like a stage manager, leaving the actors with freedom to create the play as their mood takes them? The theatre of daily human relations seems such a play, with the players also constrained (unpredictably) by cosmic, societal, genetic, and environmental influences.

In the event, God could not determine outcomes; but is able – being omniscient – to know how the play will turn out! But, how is it that those clairvoyants, whether casual/social or professional, who have read fragments of my future correctly, were able to do so? How could actions and events which had not yet occurred be seen through their mind’s eye? Were they assisted, say, by spiritual beings who too possess foresight?

If, as I have chosen to assume, God had established a simple mechanism to operate the Cosmos; with a capability for evolution of its functional components; and all things created being subject, not only to change, but also to evolve (that is, to be improved by adaptation); why would the Creator need to manage anything?

Were plants to become purposive through evolution, and humans to have acquired a degree of free will, again through evolution, the Creator would not need to be involved in any outcome. Yet, as the implicit cause of human existence, God may choose to intervene in our lives. By and large, would not God be like a wise parent, allowing the progeny to develop according to the circumstances prevailing?

This would mean that any traces laid down of actions not yet eventuated may be one of those cosmic occurrences which mystify – and which may be best left alone – just like not seeking to know the future behaviour of our much-loved children.

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