Divine Sovereignty & Human Responsibility

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The relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility is a theological mystery that is something ultimately beyond human comprehension. Mysteries make us uncomfortable, and thus there is always a temptation to rationalize them, that is to modify one belief to make it more compatible with the other, in this case to play down divine sovereignty by saying that certain actions fall outside the realm of God’s control or, alternatively, to claim that, since all is predestined, man is not really answerable for his acts. But the Joseph story and the rest of Scripture insist that BOTH divine sovereignty and human responsibility are true. –Gordon Wenham

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