Last week at my RCIA lesson, my Priest discussed the idea of people’s lives being “cut short” when they pass away at an early age or earlier than what we may seem as fair.
My priest made the comment that we can’t really look at it this way because God has, in a way, a perfect knowledge of when we are going to pass and so therefor, we shouldn’t consider lives “cut short” when someone passes.
I sort of felt that this was an endorsement of predestination, which, from my understanding The Church doesn’t necessarily teach.
(I’ve come to a personal understanding of predestination meaning that if we are willing to accept the will of God-we are predestined for the purposes outlined by the will of God, but we must first accept that and strive to do His will perfectly.)
I understand the notion that God obviously has a perfect knowledge and so therefor knows when/how we are each going to pass from this life.
However, this doesn’t necessitate that it’s a “good” thing for someone to pass, right?
We still have free will, and when someone chooses to murder someone, they are working against the will of God albeit God may know in his divine knowledge that it was going to happen.
Divine Providence would appear to be the intervention of God in the world. However, my issue with this is that if God already has knowledge of how things are going to play out, why would his intervention in the realm of time be necessary and do we really affect this with our prayer?
From my understanding, prayer assists us in coming closer to God and the closer we are to God, the easier it is to do God’s will. Is this the “Divine Providence” that we speak of and how does it affect things in time if in a sense all things are predestined?
I know that this is a complex theological question and I hope to get some good discussion out of it. Any help to understand this issue is greatly appreciated.