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False Dichotomies, Part 2

"Remember the former things long past, For I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done Saying, 'My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure'" (Isa1ah 46:9,10).

God is sovereign and has predestined whatsoever comes to pass. The Bible also teaches that man is responsible for his actions. Throughout the history of the Church these two biblical concepts have been difficult to reconcile. Perhaps we should not try to reconcile the two, for attempting to separate divine sovereignty from human responsibiity is to establish a false dichotomy. Charles Spurgeon once was asked if he could reconcile the truths of God's absolute sovereignty and man's responsibility: He replied, "I wouldn't try, for I never reconcile friends."