God has a definite plan for history. There are at least nine conclusions that may be drawn from the biblical references to God’s plan. Calvinism and Arminianism pose different solutions to the problem of whether God’s plan or human action is logically prior. From our analysis, we conclude that a moderately Calvinist position is the most biblically based. Finally, there are a variety of views of history, but the biblical view posits that God is guiding history to his goal and that we can have assurance that if we align ourselves with his purpose, we will be moving to an assured outcome of history.
- Explain the terms foreordain and predestinate
- What can be learned from both the Old and New Testament teachings about the plan of God?
- What are the general characteristics of God’s plan?
- What does human freedom mean in the moderately Calvinistic model?