God does not run the world like a matrix. And the Bible has to be taken as a whole for truth. There are situations in the Bible where certain things apply, but not in every situation. I can take, if I wanted, and make a very good argument for OSAS-predestination, by hand picking several verses while ignoring others that contradict them. I debated this subject for almost 4 years. I have been on both sides of the issue. To find truth I had to step out of the box of belief and look at both sides with an independent view. Then allow the word to guide me towards which one was true. Not denomination, not what people were saying, just the Word.
Once I found it, it all became very clear.
Why did I go so far for so long to find truth? Because predestination is a salvation issue. To be wrong on this issue could mean grave consequences. And with all the good arguments out there for both sides, I figured the only way I could truly find truth was to go it alone and allow the Word to guide me.
Which opened some other truths to me about what was going on. Christians today adhere to much to denominational beliefs. No denomination can be 100% correct. Even the Bible says to check out all doctrine to make sure it's sound. It's not to say that if you find something wrong you should leave. But to know right from wrong on the issues, to not believe in what the Word does not support in every situation. To be willing to search out every situation before you commit. But never commit fully and be open to correction.
God's Word is a very complex book, when you get in-depth into studying it. Very few verses apply to every situation. If there is even one verse that contradicts, you have to ask yourself why. Then research to find out why. Then ask God to show you why. Then be willing to wait on the answer. Part of our learning to walk with God is learning the hardest thing to do. And that is to wait. This is because God does not see time as we see it, because time to Him is eternal. So teaching us to wait shows God we are being humble enough to do so and learn His knowledge His way. And not the way of another who could be wrong.
Why is that important? When we stand before God, He will not have everyone separated by denominations. There will be one body, and one book to judge us by for the life we lived. And we will give an account that will not be filtered by any denominational belief. And if we refer to our denomination teaching we will be corrected by the Word if wrong. That is why once the foundation is laid for faith in a denomination, and we are mature in our belief and wisdom. It is important for us to start the search for deeper truth that takes us beyond our denominational teachings. One where we learn how to be corrected by the Word even over what our denomination teaches us.
Once we are willing to be remolded from our denominational beliefs to the Word only. We gain a knowledge that is guided by the Holy Spirit. One in which the truth is told to you as you read the word because it becomes your teacher that supersedes all. When that connection is made, the journey towards more truth can start. And the wisdom from it is never ending.
I know you love God's word, yes prdestination is a salvation issue and also a discipleship one, for if people start off wrong then they may be building upon a wrong foundation~whatever we believe about predestination I know we agree that ALL the glory belongs to God.