Providence and Predestination

Michael Peach

While all by God is noticed and foreseen,
We humans are created with free will;
And thus, though helped, must choose between
Evil and good; to live in peace or kill.
So Providence is not, as some believe,
Another word for narrow predestination,
Which, being deterministic, doesn’t leave
Us scope, concerning Blessing or Damnation.
Indeed, even philosophers misuse
The term Providence: Hamlet to his friend
Employs it to state that, ere our life we lose,
Not only has God foreseen but fixed our end.
++In fact he means, facing his own recall,
++There’s predestination in a sparrow’s fall.

Ramat Gan
27 November 2023

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