Seventh-Day Adventists/Predestination

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If God knows us, we are destined for glory. {romans 8:29}  God knows each person.  How can people be lost in that scenario?  Isn't the message of the Bible and Jesus' life one of mercy and grace for all people?

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James, thank you for your question. In answer to your question, "How can people be lost in that scenario?" The answer is that the premise to the scenario--"If God knows us, we are destined for glory"--is false. God knows all, but He clearly declares that some will be destroyed. The true premise is that of John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

God has provided the means for all to be saved. Yet, not all WILL be saved. The love of God displayed in Christ's dying for you is incredible, so why would a person NOT believe? The answers are many. Perhaps you can think of a few yourself.

I hope this is a help.

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Kevin L. Morgan

Expertise

Questions regarding Seventh-day Adventist doctrine and history, especially pertaining to Ellen G. White.

Experience

26 years pastoral experience; edited two books on Seventh-day Adventist history; published articles on theology; published one book on Adventist doctrines and one on Ellen G. White

Organizations
Pastor Warrensville Seventh-day Adventist Church

Publications
Ministry magazine

Education/Credentials
BA Theology, with minor in Biblical languages MA homiletics

Awards and Honors
Graduated magna cum laude Distinguished preaching award

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