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Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by Rick, Dec 29, 2002.
Is it correct for a Christian to claim "luck" in his life? or to wish another "luck"?
Luck is to say "It is out of God's hands".
Or that "God does not have control".
Happy New Year to all!
Okay, so it's correct for a Christian to state that "luck" does not exist. Right?
For a Christian (Born Again), there is no such thing!
Theres no such thing as luck. Luck means no one is in control, things just happen becasue they do, take your chances, theres no plan for anything, no even you. This is not true, God is in control, and He has a plan for everything, nothing happens just because. When a christian says luck, or good luck, they are making a statement that says they do not believe God is in control, life happens with no purpose, just chance.
So, I am to understand that God is COMPLETELY sovereign in a Christian's life, right?
God is certainly completely sovereign, but does not micro-manage human affairs in most instances.
What people describe as luck is the unknown result of human free will (often from multiple and independant choice-makers) resulting in a conclusion that cannot be easily predicted. If variables are known and controlled, statistics can be determined to help predict outcomes (such as in a lottery or drawing) as long as the selection criteria are not skewed.
A person who uses the term "luck" is not necessarily rejecting the sovereignty of God.
Of course, if you don't believe in free will, then everything good and bad that happens to use is the will of God. Following that logic, "luck" is a false concept and those who embrace the concept of "luck" embrace it because God willed it. If God willed it, who are we to challenge God?
"Good luck" is one of those expressions which has entered our vocabulary without thinking about what it infers. It is one of those sayings I don't get excited about anymore.
I think most Christians use it, but don't really mean it.
In my mind, luck is to deny the providential dealings of God in the world, and I never use it, but don't frown on those who do. I don't get sticky wicket over it.
During the war years we sang: Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye, Cheerio, with a smile, not a tear......." This was sung by Christians as well as others as the lads went off to battle...commonly followed by the words,,,,,God bless and keep you......we knew the true source of our perseverance and preservation.