Robert believes that the Holy Scriptures are the authoritative foundation of knowledge and hold the answer to humanity's ills.
Fate refers to uncontrollable events. Many believe that a supernatural power determines those events. It also relates to destiny, an inevitable necessity, or an unavoidable occurrence. “As fate would have it,” is a term often used to describe life events.
Springing from Greek and Roman mythology is humanity’s view of fate. The story tells of three goddesses who presided over the birth and life of humans. Every human being’s destiny was a thread spun, measured, and cut by the three “Fates,” also called Moirai. In Greek and Roman mythology, Clotho was the spinner, Atropos cut the thread, and Lachesis did the measuring of the cloth of human life. They were the weavers of the lives of humankind. Neither humans nor other gods had the power to nullify their decisions.
Fatalism is the belief that life happens, and nothing can change its outcome. One drawback to the fatalistic concept is that it hides the fact that man has the great responsibility of choice. The choices we make often determine our life’s outcome. In Genesis 3, the Bible shows that Adam and Eve chose the direction their lives would go. Their decision to disobey was not their fate but their choice. God did not intend to make a bunch of robots when He created man. He blessed man with the ability to make choices through free will. In most cases, whatever state we are in, we are in it because of choices. Our situation results from our choices and those of others.
Subject to Fate
During the marching band season at Central High School in Millington, TN, it seemed as if I was affected by fate. I was in the seventh grade and playing third part coronet/trumpet music. The band director needed some E-flat horn players. We had an overabundance of trumpet players, so he asked me to play one of the school-owned E-flat horns. He directed me to a horn that looked like a miniature tuba. The fingerings were just like the ones I used on my coronet. I thought, for a little while at least, that fate had resulted in me becoming an E-flat horn player.
I remember taking that horn home and my parents asking, "You're not playing your instrument (coronet) anymore?" I assured them I was only a temporary E-flat horn player. At that point, I realized that knowing how to play one brass valve instrument gave me the ability to play several others. I had a paradigm shift. I felt I could call myself a player of several brass instruments. When I changed how I looked at the situation, I altered my destiny. I had changed from being just a coronet player to being a player of brass instruments. By changing how I looked at things, I turned the situation into a positive event for personal growth.
Complexities of Fate
Fate has many complications, but you can change how you look at it. All of life's events may not be in your control, but you can control how you look at those events. By changing your perception, you can change and gain positive growth from what may seem to be fate.
By changing and pressing forward, even when fate hits us, our destiny will be one of genuine success and fulfillment.
Even though we have a certain amount of control over our destiny, we must keep in mind that we are God's children. As watchful parents love and protect their own, God, in His providence, provides the help and guidance needed to achieve our proper destiny. Even if we make the wrong choices, God works with us until we get it right. With choice or fate, God is there to make sure things work out right for His children. "The lot is cast into the lap, but it's every decision is from the Lord" (Proverbs 16:33 NIV). "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever" (Psalms 136:1 NIV).
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