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The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Chapter XXVI- A Comparison with the Mohammedan doctrine of predestination

The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination

Chapter XXVI



As a matter of fact, however, Mohammedanism places such an emphasis on God as the sole cause of all events that second causes are practically excluded. The idea that man is in any way the cause of his own acts has nearly ceased to exist, and Fatalism, the normal belief of the Arabs in their state of semi civilization before Mohammed, is the controlling force in the speculations and practices of the Moslem world. “According to these traditions,” says Dr. Zwemer, “and the interpretation of them for more than ten centuries in the life of Moslems, this kind of Predestination should be called Fatalism and nothing else. For Fatalism is the doctrine of an inevitable necessity and implies an omnipotent and arbitrary sovereign power.” 4

Practically, Mohammedanism holds to a predestination of ends regardless of means. The contrast with the Christian system is seen in the following story. A ship crowded with Englishmen and Mohammedans was ploughing through the waves. Accidentally one of the passengers fell overboard. The Mohammedans looked after him with indifference, saying, “If it is written in the book of destiny that he shall be saved, he shall be saved without us; and if it is written that he shall perish, we can do nothing”; and with that they left him. But the Englishmen said, “Perhaps it is written that we should save him.” They threw him a rope and he was saved.

Loraine Boettner- The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination


  1. May 27, 2020 at 5:51 am

    Fascinating, and the illustration at the end of the piece is a wonderful explanation of why Calvinists are missions-minded.

    • May 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

      Amen brother. Loraine Boettner’s book is a good read. I had this book in my library before I ever came to the knowledge of Reformed Theology. I had picked it up at a thrift store, but didn’t read it until I came to the knowledge of this doctrine. However, there are a few things I disagree with him on. Such as grace being offered to everyone. Grace is only given to the elect.

    • May 27, 2020 at 6:20 am

      Sorry, he does not teach that grace is offered to everyone, but that Calvinism precludes a sincere offer of the gospel to the non-elect. No man is offered Christ, but instead is commanded to come to Christ. It is not an invitation, but instead a command

  2. May 28, 2020 at 4:17 am

    There’s a difference…

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