“Fatalism is the belief that events are determined by forces beyond our control and that we are powerless to change them. Many people think of fatalism as a negative philosophy because it seems to take away our ability to make choices and to control our own destiny. Fatalism is often contrasted with determinism, which is the belief that our choices and actions do matter and that we can make a difference in the world. There are different types of fatalism, but one of the most common is theological fatalism. This is the belief that God has predetermined everything that will happen and that we cannot change it. This type of fatalism is often found in religious texts, such as the Bible. For example, in the book of Isaiah, it says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will fulfill my intention’” (Isaiah 46:10). Many people find comfort in theological fatalism because it takes away the responsibility for our choices and actions. We can blame God for everything that happens, good or bad, and know that it was His will and not ours. This can be a helpful way to deal with difficult life events, but it can also lead to a feeling of hopelessness and powerlessness.
The other main type of fatalism is philosophical fatalism. This is the belief that the future is already determined and that we cannot do anything to change it. This may seem like a depressing way to view the world, but it can actually be empowering. If we know that the future is already set, then we can relax and enjoy the present moment without worrying about what might happen. We can also take comfort in knowing that everything happens for a reason and that there is a larger plan at work. Philosophical fatalism is often used as a way to justify predestination, which is the belief that some people are destined for salvation and others are not. This belief is controversial, but many Christians believe it to be true. They believe that God has already chosen who will be saved and that we cannot do anything to change His plan. Fatalism is a complex philosophical belief with many different interpretations. It can be seen as a positive or negative philosophy, depending on how it is used. Fatalism is often contrasted with determinism, but the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. We can believe that our choices matter and that we have some control over our destiny, but also believe that the future is determined by forces beyond our control.” (TEWAI)
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