posted on Aug, 16 2007 @ 10:25 AM
I believe most Christians believe that God is All Knowing/Perfect/Infallable (did I spell that right? lol). Most also believe that we humans have
per·fect /adj., n. ˈpɜrfɪkt; v. pərˈfɛkt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[adj., n. pur-fikt; v. per-fekt] Pronunciation Key
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1. entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings: a perfect apple; the perfect crime.
If God is perfect/all knowing/infallable, then God knows everything past, present, and future, correct? And we have free will, correct? I propose
God can NOT know the future if we have free will, for if God knows the future, we're merely on a pre-determined path to what God already knows.
Therefor God is NOT all knowing, OR we do not have free will.
One argument I've heard is "God knows the future, but you decide how it plays out..." this would suggest that God merely knows certain points in
the future, and our paths up to those points is ours to choose...in this case, God is still not all knowing, or he would know every single action we
take ahead of time, rather than certain points in time.
another arguement: God knows all possible outcomes, but you choose which outcome takes place. My response to this is that God can't possibly know
all outcomes, because there is only one outcome to any situation. I.E. if I reach for my pen, I can't possibly grab it and not grab it at the same
time. Therefor either God knows the ONE outcome, and we don't have free will, or God DOESN'T know the outcome, and therefor is not perfect.
Before I end this, let me put another dictionary term in here:
–noun 1. free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will.
2. Philosophy. the doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine
By this definition, if God has already determined our future, we're not making personal choices. We may think we are, but we're not, because we're
just headed for what God already knows is going to happen.