While watching a story about a man being murdered you hear the comment “Everything happens for a reason”. Many expressions can be derived from this. A sense of comfort in hard times or of the death of a loved one fits the statement that “everything happens for a reason.” The main interpretation of this would mean that God has caused this event due to his won divine reason. What could this mean? Essentially that people aren’t responsible for what they do? Should persons be held accountable for their actions while maintaining the belief that it was not their intent of something that it was simply made for them to do? That is up for serious debate. We will take a look into Augustine’s view on the matter, and his theory of predestination and the negative factors of it. In response, we will take a look into Pelagius’ view on the matter of responsibility and belief that everything happens for a reason. Augustine’s basic idea is that God has a sense of sovereign.
This means essentially that not only is he the ruler of the earth, but he determines what happens within the world. Alongside that the notion being that everything that occurs during life, is made by God and is a part of his sovereign plan. This meaning that everything that we take part in from the smallest of the task to the biggest acts of accomplishment OR sin, is a direct result of what God wanted. From a pre-Augustine argument, we look at the act of sin done by Adam. Once Adam committed that sin, he was corrupted from then on. He passed that sin on and it is noted that from that people are born with sin and have an inclination to sin. Said simple, we cannot not sin. Now we take a look into Augustine’s belief of predestination.
Augustine believed that God has decided beforehand that some people would be saved and others damned for life. Within that he denies the notion of humans having the ability to have free will. He argued that since salvation depends on the w.