Friday, March 6, 2009

The Omniscience of God (part 1)

Purposely omniscience followed immutability in this blog, not because one is more important than the other, but rather some of the principles addressed in immutability will be re-addressed in omniscience.

When I began to write about God’s omniscience, (all knowing) I came across something very odd to me, it was a group of Christians which practice a set of tenets called Open Theism. The Open Theist does not believe in the 5 Attributes of God. In fact they even go as far to say things like God takes risks, or God is not Omniscience, and worst of all, that God makes mistakes. This kind of crazy reasoning humanizes God and deifies man. Sadly it also shows that we do not have the faith that God desires for us to have in Him.
I’m not an apologist, but sometimes things can only be explained logically, therefore I will call this post “The Omniscience of God” (Part 1) The Diminished God of Open Theism) and my next installment I will call “The Omniscience of God” (part 2) Spiritually Discerning Omniscience ) Understand that this blog is an abbreviated work, I just not interested in writing a book on this subject. So there will be many issues that I won't address. but for more detail see the links within this posting.
Now to address the issues;
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.

If God Knows All Why Does He Ask Questions?
  • 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?
Simply put every question is not out of ignorance, some are with the intent of provoking thought and eliciting an intelligent response from the hearer. God knew where Adam and Eve were hiding, but wanted to show them that he knew their sinful actions already. He knew that Abraham would be faithful to the end but had to bring Abraham to that understanding. Moreover Hebrews 11:19 says that Abraham expect that God would raise him (Isaac) from the dead. The message bible clears this up completely

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)

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