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In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Ephesians 1:7-10

In this passage, Paul explains the great plan that God has revealed to us: The we Christians have been saved from our sin and granted the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. And why? That everything might be united to God. We are the people who bring in God’s Kingdom. We Christians, the Church of God, are the culmination of history. What does that mean for our lives?


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Note: I am adding this update on 8/13/2011. Since I have written the below, my understanding of Biblical hermeneutics has grown. I have come to realize more fully that just the number of verses supporting a theological doctrine does not necessarily support that doctrine. While comparing number of verses with another can shed some light on interpretation, it is the plain text of the verse that holds more weight. Simply what the verse says is more important than how many verses there are. I already knew that when I wrote this essay/list, but my realization of that doctrine has increased. But I firmly believe that reading the plain text of the verse in context to the overall passage and comparing it with the rest of the Bible, will even more strongly support the conclusion I personally reached at the end of the following list. Here ends this update.

One of the most persistent and often divisive issues within Christianity is the debate between the doctrine of unconditional election (often called  the doctrine of predestination) and the doctrine of conditional election (often represented as the doctrine of free will). There are other, multiple points to these beliefs, but I will stick to only the free will and election aspects. The two positions are these:

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