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The Ring

If one were to look for a central ring symbol in the fantasy novel like world and journey of the Bible and God's plan of redemption it might be this:

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Because God is acting from outside of time the first part of that ring - predestination - doesn't necessarily have to be seen in the context of our linear birth-to-death time line. It doesn't have to be constrained by that. It's God's sovereign choice still, but that choice, from our limited perception of time, can occur in higher aspects of time. A human being then can develop in a way to enter such other areas of time, making the fact and reality of predestination, monergistic though it still be, more interesting as a doctrine and reality for God's human creation.

The Bible doesn't blatantly go into higher aspects of time because it tends to explode the narrative. Also, such speculation gives room to the duller sorts (who are often professional theologians) to get everything hyper wrong, intentionally or otherwise. Usual caveat to the other types of simpletons: the foregoing has nothing to do with universalism.


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