Jay asked me, do I believe in fate? Leave it to the smart guys to ask the tough questions ;)
Well here goes...let's hope I make sense!
I'm a Christian, who believes in a benevolent, omnipotent God. I believe that God made each person for a reason; instilled a sense of destiny in us all.
But. Big but coming. I don't believe in predestination. We were also created with free will. The choices in this life are ours. From the decision to eat the apple to the choice of a doughnut for breakfast, the choices are ours...for the better or worse. And unfortunately, innocent people are subjected to other people's bad choices, like when a drunk decides to drive. That collision was because of the drunk's decision, not fate.
We wanted free will. We got it.
There is no mighty hand of God interfering in our lives punishing the bad and rewarding the good. This is our fallen world and it's ours to deal with.
A second big But.
But, I do believe we've been given principles for living (a moral code). Follow those principles and life can be smoother, more rewarding. Ignore them and suffer the natural consequences (cheat on your spouse...expect some stress and hardship). And I believe there is a Godly influence (or intuition) that we can tap into and consult with to keep our lives moving toward our greater purpose.
So, I suppose you could say that I believe fate intends for us to live a certain life, and fate can nudge, but it will not trump free will. Ultimately, it's up to us to seek and fulfill our destinies.
Fate Intended is the third book in the Coulter Men Series. Trip is the last of the Coulter sons to find
love. He’s a handsome man with all the skills a young spy needs to succeed. But when it comes to love, he misses the target. Jane is a sweet beauty who may or may not be wanted for murder. She’s hiding out as a cleaning lady when chance brings her and Trip together. It looks like a happily ever after is in the cross hairs until reality tries to destroy what fate has intended.
Elizabeth Seckman is a simple chick with a simple dream…to write stories people want to read.