> T/D #2 (sustenance & concurrence)
> Craig Rusbult (email@example.com)
> Mon, 20 Oct 1997 20:31:15 -0500
> Possibly "SGC and TA" will be the most hotly debated part of my post,
> partly because we may be "talking past each other."
> And there may be fundamental differences in our approaches to freedom
> and the paradox of "predestination plus responsibility", and I'm sure we
> won't get this figured out in the near future.
> Anyway, I've given up (at least temporarily) on solving this paradox,
> and have adopted a pragmatic "dual improvisational" approach to life; I
> improvise each day (moment by moment), and if I follow God's will (as in
> "God has a wonderful plan for your life") things will work out best, but
> when I wander from God's "Plan A-1" for today, God improvises a "revised
> Plan A-2" (and Plan A-3, and so on). All of this occurs in "real time as
> perceived by me" and during all of this there is an appropriate use, by
> God, of whatever TA is needed to make his plans work. There is some
> control of my environment (both external and internal) by God and some
> freedom for my own choices and the operation of free will.
> This "dual improvisation" view isn't theologically defensible (but then,
> I don't know if there is any satisfactory way to explain Romans 9) but at
> least this view is consistent with the way that I (and maybe others?)
> perceive my space/time choices, and it retains a sense of personal
> responsibility for my own choices.
> Craig Rusbult