Child of the world – Que Sera, Sera

“Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”, was first published in 1956, a popular song written by the Jay Livingston and Ray Evans songwriting team.The song was introduced in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), starring Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles.

The three verses of the song progress through the life of the narrator – from childhood, to young adulthood and falling in love, to parenthood – and each asks “What will I be?” or “What lies ahead?” The chorus repeats the answer: “What will be will be.” The song became so popular throughout the world that speakers of many languages adopted its title phrase, “Que será, será”, into their speech, or at least came to recognize it and understand its meaning separate from the music, a spontaneous expression of a fatalistic attitude.

The child of the world adopts Que Sera Sera as usually meaning that the destiny is fixed and there is no use worrying about it as you can’t change it.

Fate is usually thought of as a predetermined course of events beyond human control. A typical response to a belief in fate is resignation—if we can’t change destiny, then why even try? Whatever happens, happens, and we can’t do anything about it. This is called “fatalism,” and it is not biblical.

Fatalism is a major premise of Islam, which demands total submission to the sovereignty of Allah. It is widely held in Hinduism, too; in fact, it is a fatalistic view of life that helps keep India’s caste system in place. Greek mythology told of the Moirai, or the Fates, three goddesses pictured as weavers of men’s lives. Their decisions could not be canceled or annulled, even by other gods. Again, fatalism is not a biblical concept.

The Bible teaches that Man was created with the ability to make moral choices and that he is responsible for those choices. The Fall of Man was not a predetermined event in which Adam and Eve were hapless victims of a Puppet-Master God. On the contrary, Adam and his wife had the ability to choose obedience (with its attendant blessing) or disobedience (with its consequent curse). They knew what the result of their decision would be, and they were held accountable (Genesis 3).

This theme of being held accountable for our choices continues throughout Scripture. “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble” (Proverbs 22:8a). “All hard work brings a profit, / but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23). “Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you” (Romans 13:3).

Often, when the Bible speaks of destiny, it’s in reference to a destiny people have brought upon themselves: “Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction” (Philippians 3:18-19). “This is the fate of those who trust in themselves” (Psalm 49:13). “A man who commits adultery lacks judgment; / whoever does so destroys himself” (Proverbs 6:32). “Each person was judged according to what he had done” (Revelation 20:13).

We sin because we choose to. We can’t blame “Fate,” kismet, predestination, or God. James 1:13-14 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”

Joshua gave Israelites the option to chooose to serve or not to serve the Lord – “if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 It is essential that the service of God’s people be performed with a willing mind. For LOVE is the only genuine principle whence all acceptable service of God can spring. The Father seeks only such to worship him, in spirit and in truth. The carnal mind of man is enmity against God, therefore, is not capable of such spiritual worship. Hence the necessity of being born again. But numbers rest in mere forms, as tasks imposed upon them. Joshua puts them to their choice; but not as if it were indifferent whether they served God or not. Choose you whom ye will serve, now the matter is laid plainly before you. He resolves to do this, whatever others did. Those that are bound for heaven, must be willing to swim against the stream. They must not do as the most do, but as the best do. And no one can behave himself as he ought in any station, who does not deeply consider his religious duties in family relations. The Israelites agree with Joshua, being influenced by the example of a man who had been so great a blessing to them; We also will serve the Lord. See how much good great men do, by their influence, if zealous in religion. Joshua brings them to express full purpose of heart to cleave to the Lord. They must come off from all confidence in their own sufficiency, else their purposes would be in vain. The service of God being made their deliberate choice, Joshua binds them to it by a solemn covenant. He set up a monument of it. In this affecting manner Joshua took his last leave of them; if they perished, their blood would be upon their own heads. Though the house of God, the Lord’s table, and even the walls and trees before which we have uttered our solemn purposes of serving him, would bear witness against us if we deny him, yet we may trust in him, that he will put his fear into our hearts, that we shall not depart from him. God alone can give grace, yet he blesses our endeavours to engage men to his service.

Don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled and tested me in the desert.
Hebrews 3:8 It is not fate that defines your destiny. It is your choice for or against God. You cannot remain undecided for it is a decision to retain the status quo , to be naturally against God, consistent with our sin nature from which only Jesus Christ can deliver.

Choose you this day. Just like voting, do not squander it to a lie that it is fate and you cannot do anything about.

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3 Responses to Child of the world – Que Sera, Sera

  1. Very well phrased turn on the much-accepted ‘Que Sera, Sera’ mentally of the world, and how it has no place in Christianity. While the Christian faith is black and white, with no shades of grey, and no room for human philosophy, there is no room for fatalistic thinking. We are called on to choose and what happens is the result of the choices we make.
    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”

  2. Helen Murray says:

    Thank you for this. That song is in my head for the rest of the day now! It’s particularly useful to have all the scripture references.

  3. Steven Sawyer says:

    This is wonderful, Evelyn. I’m always so encouraged when I read what God has placed on your heart. God bless you. And thank you so much for sharing.

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