Originally posted by crestone
God is omniscient, but we were also given free will. How does that work? Is free will restricted to what God knows? Did God already hear Beethoven's
5th symphony before he composed it? I just can't wrap my brain around this. How does Christian teaching resolve this issue?
Thanks in advance for all your comments.
my thoery -
if god is omniscient, then it must be assumed that he has infinate abilities. questions like "how can he remember EVRYTHING" have to labeled as
inconsequential. because if god cant remember everything, or cant think about an infinate number of things in an infinatly short time, then hes not
so first, free will implies that when you arrive at a choice, there is more than one option. whether that is 2 options or infinity is inconsequential
because its more than one.
so the first question is, why cant god know all possibilities?right or left? yes or no? maybe? its not beyond his ability to process that information.
this is not limited to decisions we make, but it is infinite. every molecule that is affected my our decisions can be traced by god in EVRY
the only thing that raises a problem with this is prophecy. because it raises the question of how can god know what possibility will we arrive at.
the answer to that i believe lays in our predictability.
first is simple reaction. hand touchs a hot surface, we pull away. we see something about to hit us so we duc(sp?). stomach growls, so we eat. humans
can predict this stuff, its not far fetched for god to know what will happen
second is conditioning. alittle harder to know, but with enough calculation god could definatly do it. for example. roger and marie go for a walk.
roger's body frame and weight and experience gives him a certain stride. marie has a different stride. marie takes the perfect amount of steps from
her house to step in a crack and break the heal of her shoe. roger steps over it with ease. with god's infinate mathamatical ability, im sure he can
see which possibilities will happen.
third is pure decision. something happens, you must make a decision on something and your choices seem to be able to go either way. this is extremely
rare. but if god knew us well enough (even better than ourselves) would if be difficult for him to see which possibility we would choose?
i know it seems contradictory, but just because god knows what decision your going to make, doesnt mean its not your decision.
even if god were to tell you the exact time and manner of your death doesnt mean it wasnt your decisions that led to it.