i suppose but the way i see it, material as a blank sheet of paper that hasn't been written on... ...where was i going with this oh, you labeled eternity as immaterial. sure, it may not be as concrete as you like to think but i think it can be
Predestination means whatever you chose to do, it was already determined that you would do that. That means you have no free will. God knows what you are going to do, because he is omnicious. But still it was your choice.
How I've always seen it is that if God knows everything and everything is under "his" design then nothing we do matters as are choices are not are own. So why are we punished for something we have no control over?
Because, God didn't create you as a robot, whose lack of capacity for human emotions. Instead, He created you as a human being so that you can have a free will to choose...whether if it's good or evil.
God created everything perfectly and everything He does is perfect, but if choose evil, then there's consenquences that you will fall. Like, Adam and Eve, they were created perfectly. Unfortunately, they choose Satan instead of God.
It seems like the basis for what Jack Chick wrote in those obnoxious tracts.
The way it had been taught for me is that those who persevere in the system have a greater 'reward' come the afterlife. To compare and contrast and metaphor: One player of Sonic 2 finishes Emerald Hill Zone with 100 rings and far under 2 minutes. The other doesn't even have a single ring and waits for 5:59 to cross the level exit: Who do you think got more score?
Either way, you've made it anyway and will be baked and there will be cake eternal worship and stripping of free will.
It kind sounds like you're saying god intended rape victims to be raped, hate crime victims to be attacked, the parents of a suicide victim were destined to suffer unimaginable pain. Kind of seems like god isn't protecting anyone from anything and that worshiping him has no consequences positive or negative