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Fate and fortune—or getting a life from God?

It is surprising in a supposedly modern society how much evidence there is of superstition still influencing people's lives. Millions of ordinary men and women take a serious interest in what horoscopes say, and there's scarcely a large city without fortunetellers of some kind. Even the elected leaders of democratic nations have been known to consult astrologers to determine the best time for decisive actions.

Fascination with so-called fate becomes becomes a whole lot less fascinating when we see it in its true light. To accept fate, whether evil or good, would of course be to lose our capacity for choice. It is a form of extreme passivity—and who wants stars, planets, or invisible forces of some sort to be in control of one's life? There's no justice in it, and there certainly is no Christianity.

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