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August 1, 2013 My Dear Friend, Are all the events of your life already written down somewhere?

Does an inexorable fate drive you onward to some destiny that you cant foresee, change, or know? According to the Living Bible, the psalmist writes, You saw me before I was born, and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book. Now, thats a profound thought. According to a popular book on Christian life, that applies to you. God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. The Bible says, You saw me before I was born, and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, p. 23). Actually, thats what The Living Bible says. The Living Bible is a paraphrase for easy reading, but it also is an interpretation. Here is how the King James version renders the verse: Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 139:16). A marginal reading says, and in thy book all my members were written, which in what days they should be fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. So we have a substantive difference in what two different sources think the Psalmist is saying to us. That difference seems to arises out of the theological assumptions of the translators. They try hard for objectivity, but sometimes they take us down the wrong path. What is the ordinary reader to make of all this? Lets consider the implications of Rick Warrens thesis: God made you for a reason was his first premise. Forgive me a small quibble. Actually, God didnt make you. He made Adam and Eve. Everyone else has been born. It is a small quibble, but it is very relevant to the discussion. He also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. Implicit in this is the suggestion that your mother and dad had nothing to do with that decision. Notice, I didnt say little to do. They had nothing to say about it. Now here is my problem. Suppose we consider a single mother who got pregnant as a young teen and had the baby. Did God chose the exact time of this childs birth, and therefore the circumstances as well? One might argue that it is his will that some children be born out of wedlock. And that raises a question of at least passing interest: Why would God will to have three times as many illegitimate children born now than he did 50 years ago? How would that fit into some divine plan? Then, Rick Warren cites The Living Bible: You saw me before I was born, and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book. This sounds wonderful, but it raises some terrible questions. If you had been born a Jew in Germany in, say, 1920, would God have recorded every day of your life up to the time you went up in the smoke of an incinerator at Auschwitz? If you were to die in terrible pain from breast cancer at age 30, did God write that it must be so? Why would God write that into your life? Maybe King James boys got it right after all. You need to know, so order this CD, On Predestination, and find out if they did, or is there another answer. Thank you for your faithful support. May God richly bless and reward you.

Much love and gratitude,

Ron and Allie Dart

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