I am not starting a debate, just looking for a definition. I know that sovereignty means that God CAN do anything He wants and that He has the RIGHT to do anything He wants and that He DOES anything He wants and anything He does is by definition RIGHT. Apparrently, I have not been paying close attention to how this concept is being used. Is it a reasonable assertion that many people are saying that EVERYTHING that happens is because that is what God ordained or predestined or chose to have happen? My pastor made the statement a couple of weeks ago that when Elijah prayed for it not to rain that the lack of rain would have happened anyway because that is what God had willed. Everything that happens happens because that is the sovereign will of God. This is seriously bothering me. Is this the heart of the Calvinism/Arminian debate? If it is, then, I am really in trouble because I have only recently figured out that I am neither one. Answer me like I'm a novice who is just trying to understand what the concept is, because, I am a novice to this concept.