What Governs History?

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What governs? History. Well, there have been various answers to this throughout history I. Suppose someone they will nothing governs history. Everything is just opened a chance who even how today is going to and others have said will fate determines all things and we go back to Greek mythology and Roman mythology to understand fate we find this in the writings of homer and has said. The fates were the three daughters of the Goddess Knicks. She was the goddess of the night. And these three daughters, her three daughters were the fates. One of them would simply spin thread from spindle. That's all she would do just spin thread from spindle. The second sister the second fate would measure out a given piece of thread and that given piece of thread signified the length of life. And a third sister well, she would cut a thread and that signify death. And Greek her name literally means the in evitable an ancient mythology even mighty Zeus had to bow to the fates they were independent they were arbitrary. Capricious. And they governed all events of human history and all events of a single life. This idea of the fates carried on into the early Roman philosophers and they would talk about causality as he determining factor of all that happened in history and in a given life. Well, what is the Christian response to these two answers of nothing governs history or the fates govern? Well we find it very fascinating answer in Archibald Alexander. He was one of those old Prince Tony. Ian Scholars and he lectured on theology there at Princeton and one of his students was Charles Hodge and Charles. Hodge was very diligent student and he took very careful in cursive handwriting notes of Archibald. Alexander's lectures, and so we have this preserved for us today in book form and Archibald Alexander's talking about the doctrine of Providence. He sets it up by talking about fate and he explores how various Roman thinkers talked about fate talked about how cicero spoke of the order or series of causes that governed all things. He talks about Seneca. Seneca makes 'cause and fate an irrevocable necessity controlling the course of both human and divine affairs. So the supreme ruler. is even governed by fate and continually obeys the fates and the causes. Well, none of this is something that Archibald Alexander wants us to believe in or think about in fact, he says ought Christians to retain and use the word fate any answers categorically? No because this is very inconsistent with the truth. So. What does govern history? Archibald Alexander says Providence does and here's what he has to say does providence extend to all things small as well as great. That is to say does providence govern human history and does it govern the events of my life? He answers yes. Because God created all things and therefore he cares for all. Archibald Alexander goes onto reference Nehemiah chapter nine verses six, and that tax reads you even you are Lord alone you've made Heaven and the Heavens of Heavens and all their host. You've made the earth and all things that are in it in the sea and all that is in it you preserve them all and then he goes on to draw attention to. Such passages as Luke twelve seven or Matthew Ten twenty, nine Matthew Six, twenty, eight or Psalm. One, forty, seven, verse nine we put all of that Biblical material together and what do we find? Well, even the hairs of our heads are said to be numbered the fouls of the air, the lilies of the field even the insects are under the care of God. So what governs history will I we could ask who governs his tree and the answer is God us, and then we can ask what can we say his providence God's providence governs all things and moves all things to the fruition and the fulfillment of his perfect good and wise will. That's providence

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