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YOUR QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Following the example set by the question and answer columns in the early Journals, when Mary Baker Eddy was Editor, this column will respond to general queries from Journal readers—such as the one above—with responses from Journal readers. It will not cover questions about how to interpret statements in Mrs. Eddy's writings. There's more information at the end of the column about how to submit questions.

YOUR QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

From the November 2007 issue of The Christian Science Journal


QUESTION: In Christian Science we are often instructed to yield to God's direction and be "obedient" to His will. Does this mean we are predestined to follow a certain path and that free will is an illusion? A1 Predestination has usually been taken to mean that people were fated by God to be saved or damned, or that they were predetermined by circumstances to follow a certain human path.