Originally posted by Seapeople
A christian does not only believe he has free will. That christian also believes in Gods PLAN. He believes in an all knowing god as well. If god
already knows what you are to do tomorrow, then you have no choice.
I think, this answer aplies to Isis' question also.
God is omniscient, I know I already stated that. It's because He's omniscient that He can weave the choices man makes into the events of time.
You asked if God gets involved with man. Yes God either causes or allows everything. Does God cause a tornado, no, but He allows them. Has he ever
stopped a tornado from forming, my guess would be yes in response to the prayers of His people. Does He cause cancer, no, but He allows it to enter a
persons life. Has He ever stopped cancer from forming. Same answer yes in response to prayers.
There is some instances in the Bible where God says He's going to come against a nation by bringing an invasion of another nation. Since He's
omniscient He knows the plans of man and uses what man is going to do for His purposes. A story in the Bible tells of the disciples asking Jesus why
a man was born blind. He tells them it was so that the man could be healed by Christ at that moment as evidence that He was God. So since God
creates life it appears that God allows something like blindness to be used for His purposes. So inessence since God is also omnipotent, that means
He could have prevented that man from being born blind, but didn't He choose instead to use it as part of His plan for mankind.
There is a christian pastor named David Jeremiah who experienced cancer a few years back. He was hospitalized and treated and did survive. But I've
heard him speak on his battle with it. He says at points he couldn't understand why he got cancer. He had trouble dealing with the fact that he was
a christian and got cancer. He says it was like "OK God I'm yours so why this". Someone gave him a card with a poem. One of the lines in the
poem was "This thing is from me" and the poem didn't necessarily have to do with cancer, just trials that people have enter there life. Just
because he got cancer, did that mean things were out of control. No, When someone becomes a christian life isn't from that moment forward
troublefree. No where in the Bible does it say that. The point of the poem was this. Everything and I mean everything goes through God first, so
that meant this cancer that he got God knew about and let enter his body and life. And God plainly says I could have prevented it but I didn't.
I'm going to let it come into your life and as you deal with it I'm going to show you things that you never would have known about, unless this
trial had come.
I could probably write alot but don't want to make this too long. I'm trying to think of an example of something. I've heard of these stories
before. Someone is scheduled to board a plane and that plane crashes and everyone is killed. But the person who was scheduled to be on it had "car
trouble" and didn't arrive in time. Did God intervene in that life. I would say absolutely yes. Did God interfere with that person's free will.
You'll probably say yes, I say no, He merely changed the circumstances of that person's day.
Things can go the other way to and God can allow cancer to end someone's life. Why He cures some and allows others to die to cancer, I can't
But here's some assurance for the christian. The God I believe in is in charge of all aspects of my life. Anything good or bad goes through Him
first, so if He allowed it He has a plan for it to conform me to be more like His Son.(I'm not saying I will ever be God but merely like Him) and
I'm not saying I'm going to enjoy it.
But God will not overrule a person's choice of whether or not to accept Christ. God may "bring" cancer into a person's life to bring that person
to the end of himself in the hope that this person will accept Christ. If that person still refuses Christ God will not overule that person on that
Now you might say why bother letting someone get cancer if God already knew that that person wasn't going to accept Jesus. I think it's for us as
humans. We don't know how we are going to actually react to a situation until we are faced with it. Let's say that person never did accept Christ
and according to what the Bible teaches dies unsaved and faces God on judgement day. That person has his life to look back over and will see the good
and bad God allowed into his life and they will know it was all for the question of whether they would come to God. He or she will never be able to
say, "If only you had let this or that into my life, then THEN I would have come to Christ.
I hope I at least gave a partial answer to questions asked, I am trying.