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Hi guys hows it going? I was reading some Papal Documents the other day and seemed to be confused by what is stated. I was wondering if anyone could clarify what is being said in Pope John Paul’s doucment “Mulieris Dignitatem”. Here are the passages “The particular union of the “Theotókos” with God - which fulfils in the most eminent manner the supernatural predestination to union with the Father WHICH IS GRANTED TO EVERY HUMAN BEING (filii in Filio) - is a pure grace and, as such, a gift of the Spirit.” Paragraph 15.
Heres another passage “The biblical teaching taken as a whole enables us to say that PREDESINATION CONCERNS ALL HUMAN PERSONS, MEN AND WOMEN, EACH AND EVERYONE WITHOUT EXCEPTION.” Paragraph 44.
Can someone explain what is being said here ������. Isnt saying that predestination concerns or is granted to all men against catholic teaching. I dont know im just confused. Thanks guys.
The Catholic view of predestination is that we (man) are predestined for Salvation in Christ:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ: 4**[SIZE=“5”] As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world**, that we should be** holy and unspotted in his sight **in charity. 5 Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will: 6 Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace, 8 Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him, 10 In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him. 11 In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will. 12 That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped Christ: 13 In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth, (the gospel of your salvation in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise, 14 Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory. [/SIZE](Ephesians 1:3-14)
Clearly, predestination is not carte blanche; it is fully dependent upon Christ’s Sacrifice and our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior:
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 [SIZE=“4”]But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. 13 Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.[/SIZE] (St. John 1:10-13)
19 And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world,[SIZE=“5”] and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. 20 For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved. 21 But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.[/SIZE] (St. John 3:19-21)
While some wishful thinkers want predestination to mean that all are saved and still others believe that only they are saved while the rest are predestined to damnation, God has not Revealed any such judgment since He wants all to be Saved–but through His Salvific Plan, not through rampant disregard of His Will:
29 And the children of Israel say: The way of the Lord is not right. Are not my ways right, O house of Israel, and are not rather your ways perverse? 30 [SIZE=“5”]Therefore will I judge every man according to his ways, O house of Israel, saith the Lord God. Be converted, and do penance for all your iniquities: and iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31** Cast away from you all your transgressions**, by which you have transgressed, and make to yourselves a new heart, and a new spirit: and why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I desire not the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God, return ye and live.[/SIZE] (Ezekiel 18:29-32)
God has predestined man to Salvation; yet, not all men are willing to subject their wills to God’s.