God Can Not Know Our Future Actions and We Have Free Will Also
- The problem with this statement is the assumption that there is a relationship between knowing something and having an effect on it. To state the argument better we say; "If we have free will, and God Knows what future free will choice we will make in a given situation, than our choice is not free will at all."
If I give a hungry seven year old child the choice of a bowl of his favorite flavor ice cream or something he completely dislikes and leaves the room, I can say with confidence that I know he will choose the ice cream. However my knowing he will choose the ice cream to eat will not effect his decision to choose ice cream. He has within his ability the free will to select the other bowl of ( lets say spinach).
But there is much more to this than just ice cream and spinach. It brings to question the doctrine of God's Sovereignty. To say that God can not know our future free will actions is to restrict God to the limitations of time and God is Eternal beyond the restriction of Time or Space all of which He created. How then we must ask, can an almighty God be restricted by His own creation? This is the Diminishing God of Open theism.
- One verse that is used to deny God Omniscience is Genesis 3:9 (KJV) And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? This like other verses in which God ask a question are instrument of confusion used by the Open Theist to show that God is not Omniscience. However before I give an answer to this problem let me first ask a few questions.
- I ask you why did God who knows all things (Omniscience) ask Adam where art thou? (Genesis 3:9) didn’t God already know where Adam and Eve was hiding?
- Why would Christ Jesus who at 12 years old while teaching in the temples asks questions of his students?
- Why would God, in Genesis 22:12 say to Abraham “Now I know that you fear God” Doesn’t God already know the hearts of man?
- Better yet why would I having limited knowledge just as all men have, ask these questions of you the reader?
By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, "Your descendants shall come from Isaac." Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that's what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar Hebrews 11:19 (The Message)