Christians tend to enjoy having discussions about theological issues; one of the most famous age-old questions is to ask how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. We’re happy to acknowledge that the answer doesn’t really matter in terms of the way we live our lives, but to discuss it is stimulating and provides an entry into the study of God.
One such topic for debate is predestination. Put simply, do humans choose to become Christians (each person’s eternal future is in their hands), or does God choose individuals to save (and, therefore, choose individuals to torment for eternity)?
If you’re a Christian it doesn’t really matter which of these camps you side with, because you’re in God’s camp either way. But if we’re going with the pro-predestination side, this verse is probably one of the most comforting in all of Scripture:
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (Romans 8:33)
If it’s God who justifies, thennothingcan prevent us from receiving the eternal joy of salvation. And that’s cause for joy right now!