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No one can consistently live thinking that his or her life is strictly determined by FATE. We have choice — and we are responsible for the choices we make. In theology, a Calvinism pushed too far can easily lead to fatalism or determinism. An Arminianism can degenerate into a kind of works-salvation in which everything is dependent on me or my efforts.
In terms of Christian growth, we make choices. I love the following quote from C.S. Lewis:
“[E]very time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.”