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Today, some "Christian" people deny the doctrine of God's decree. Why is this denial actually a denying that God is God? What precious benefits are these people denying themselves when they deny the truth of God's decree?

What type of ruler would God be if He ruled without a plan?

  • Particulars - Details; items; individual parts

  • Comprehended - Included; taken into account

    • Imagine visiting a large hospital construction site. As you observe, everything appears to be in a state of confusion. The electricians do not know where to string their wires, nor do the plumbers know where to install their pipes. A great deal of arguing is taking place over the size and location of various rooms and hallways.

      In amazement, you ask the supervisor to see a set of plans for the building.

      "We do not have any plans," he responds.

      "What! Constructing a large building like this without any construction plans? How does everyone know what they are supposed to do? How do you know what the outcome will be?

      "Oh, everyone decides for himself what he should do, and regarding the outcome - we don't really know what the end result will be like; the building keeps changing all the time."

      What would you say in response to this supervisor? Have you ever heard of someone building or operating anything without a plan?

      Why is it foolish to imagine God creating and operating His entire creation without a "plan"? What do we call God's "plan"? How is God's "plan" infinitely greater than any human plan?

    God's decree includes so many particulars that it is often spoken of in a plural sense, as God's "decrees," but in reality there is only one divine decree in which all things are comprehended.

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