In brief, it is reasonable, as well as it is universally religious to believe, that nothing whatsoever, be it a circumstance, an action or a thought, can take place against the will of God. Again, nothing can happen in the world, either as proceeding from a human being, an animal, or a thing, which God had not, from eternity, known and willed it to be. By “will’ is here meant the proper acceptation of the Word, namely the decree, the determination, and not the desire or inclination. There is nothing contradictory, in holding the belief in absolute predestination and the belief in self-responsibility.
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