Predestination


The Father Must Draw Them to Me

John 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.


John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.


Parallels


The Sealed Book

One Sufi who writes of predestination . . .

Sufi: Hakim Sanai
The human's progress is that of one who has been given a sealed book, written before he was born. He carries it inside himself until he 'dies'. While man is subject to the movement of Time, he does not know the contents of that sealed book.

The House

By contrast, a different Sufi who stresses self-effort . . .

Sufi: Jalaludin Rumi
If ten men want to enter a house, and only nine find their way in, the tenth must not say: 'This is what God ordained.'
He must find out what his own shortcoming was.


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