Published August 7, 2017 at 1:35 PM
Did I choose to believe in Jesus because I became persuaded He was my only hope and source of salvation or did God make me choose to believe in Jesus by divine appointment? Some verses seem to indicate the choice is mine to make; others seem to indicate the choice has already been made for me…before I was even born. Sometimes the two concepts are presented in such close proximity that it is confusing and hard to reconcile. In Acts 13, both salvation by persuasion and salvation by appointment are presented. How can both things be true? Also in Chapter 13 we are told the leaders fasted and prayed. Is fasting a religious or spiritual discipline we should encourage? What's the difference, if any, between fasting and praying and merely praying?