Re: Randomness

From: Stuart d Kirkley (
Date: Sat May 25 2002 - 13:52:53 EDT

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    On Fri, 24 May 2002 17:45:38 Preston Garrison wrote: >>Hi Walter >> >>You wrote in part: >> >> >>> I've seen that before (on an ASA website) and I think that it is a bit >>> scary. If I take you literally, I should just toss a coin for my >>> decisions knowing that nothing is random and God is in charge of the >>> outcome of the coin flip. >>> >>> No Thanks :) >>> >> >>Why do you find this scary? I find it a great source of reassurance and >>comfort in the greatness and sovereignty of God. >> >>Jon > >It would appear that one particular "act of the apostles" has relevance here: > >001:023 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was > surnamed Justus, and Matthias. > >001:024 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the > hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, > >001:025 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from > which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own > place. > >001:026 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon > Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. > >So, were they wrong to do this? > >Preston G. >-- >

    When they 'gave forth their lots' could be interpreted that they tallied up their votes. In which case Matthias was democratically elected. The importance being that God blesses and sanctions the democratic process, not chance.

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