Free Will, Predestination, Election and Quantum Physics: Part 4


Continued from Part 3

We can make sense out of election if we view it from quantum physics and the many worlds viewpoint.  God saw all the possible universes which were the result of accident, nature and, most importantly, the freely made choices of his creatures.  Then he “elected” one universe (ours) as the one he would create.  You were a product of God’s election but only after you had exercised free will in the choices that made the universe which God chose.

Grace becomes irresistable but not because you have no choice.  It is irresistable because you already chose to follow God before time began.  You are simply fleshing out the free choice God saw before he chose this universe.

Every event is predestined because it has already occurred and we are simply living out in time the choices we freely made before time began.

And it is all based on free will and God’s desire to save his created children.  All of his children.  When he purposed Jesus’ death on the cross, it was a death which could have been possible in all possible universes.  Since each universe was different, there was a possibility that, in one or more of each of the alternate universes, different people came to a saving faith in Jesus.  His death had to be available in each of those universes to each person who would freely chose to believe.  Even in the universes which God chose not to create.  Which means that if your neighbor, Bob, doesn’t believe in this universe, there may have been one or more alternate universes in which he did believe.  If he believed in that alternate universe, then Jesus’ death would have saved him.  Jesus’ death had to be available across all those universes to cover each person who would believe.  If we were able to see them all and scratch names off a list of all possible people, wouldn’t we find that eventually there was an alternate universe in which Bob was saved?  In which every person ever created was in one or another universe saved by faith in Jesus’ death?  Yes, I believe that is possible.

I say yes because it speaks to God’s justice.  The choice to believe is in front of you and could be made.  If you chose not to believe, you cannot blame God.  No one can say they could not possibly have believed in Jesus.  Want proof?  Well, it may not have happened in this universe which God created, but he can show you an alternate universe in which it would have happened if he had chosen to create it.  The fact that he chose not to create that particular universe is not the issue.  The difference between those universes and this one may only be minute details or cataclysmic in scale but the only difference that matters is that in THIS universe, the created universe, you chose not to believe.  And the difference is free will.  If you do not make the choice in this universe, it is because you didn’t want to choose Jesus.  And the fault is on your head.  As is the punishment for refusing to believe.  But that is only as it should be.

So seemingly contradictory ideas can, on at least some occasions, be true.  Mostly because where we see contradiction, God simply says we are not looking at it from his vantage point.  When faced with a set of contradictory concepts in Scripture, we should embrace their seeming contradiction with the humility that we are limited creatures looking at a limitless God whose thoughts are far above ours.  We are never faulted for trying to understand God but we can be faulted for rejecting truths which simply are difficult to marry up to the beliefs we prefer to hold.  We need to expand our willingness to embrace how amazing our God is as reflected by our limited natures.  For we can see the greatness of our God by seeing our own limitedness.

Oh, the vast difference standing between the creature and God!  Shall the upstarts of time be themselves equal in understanding with Eternity itself?  Shall they that are of yesterday and know nothing be compared with him who is from everlasting?  Shall our totally blinded eyes dare to challenge he who is light itself?

Lecture 13

Samuel Willard