This little “ism” has crawled into the collective wisdom of many people, Christian and non-Christian. “If it’s yours, you can’t lose it.” It sounds very Calvinist. Perhaps it could be described as fate.
The point is simple: there is an ideal or destiny for each of us and nothing can stop us from it. We are bound on a course for something and no circumstance from within or without can derail us.
I recently batted around Open Theism and took it for a test drive. The jury’s still out, but if Open Theism has any truth in it, then such statements as the “If it’s yours, you can’t lose it,” are out of bounds.
I’ve been wondering if we tell ourselves these fatalistic things in order to provide comfort in an uncertain world. Is it comforting to draw a bulls-eye around the arrow and then convince ourselves that all is well? Can life really be one preplanned continuum?
From where I’m sitting today, it looks like life is a series of diverging and intersecting paths that can be chosen. God still provides guidance if I’m willing to ask him and listen, but he may not have one course in mind. There may be several correct options and several incorrect options.
This could all be wrong and horribly heretical, but it’s where I’m at right now. I’m not in a fatalistic mood today.