posted on Dec, 12 2012 @ 01:33 AM
Your question was a sincere one and worthy of a a dignified answer. Since reading through the replies I could find none that did God justice or used
the scripture to answer it please allow me to take the time to share with you what scripture and God has to say on the matter.
It is true that there are Churches, in Christendom, that teach that God has known everything and predestined everything.Yet that teaching is not in
the Bible, nor can you or anyone else cite a scripture that teaches that notion.
In fact part of the statement you yourself made in your OP is quite mistaken. That being that God is light and darkness. Notice what God says about
(Revelation 22:5) . . .Also, night will be no more, and they have no need of lamplight nor [do they have] sunlight, because Jehovah God will shed
light upon them. . .
This scripture in Revelation is a deep one and to explain it in detail would take much time. But briefly, this explains that the 144,000 who are
sealed of God from among humankind and are resurrected into immortal spirit bodies in the likeness of God himself will reside forever with him. God,
since he is an unending source of light will himself shine upon them, and they will never be in darkness, for there is no darkness with Jehovah ever.
His very presence, if we could liken it to physical things, which we cannot, but imagine being in the presence of a star a million times brighter than
our sun perpetually, then we can only being to glimpse the majestic dignity and splendor of the true God. No indeed, there is no darkness that
resides with Jehovah God.
Jehovah is God. You cannot put a limit to what he can and cannot do. Humans limit his ability to think to that of ourselves. Some imagine, and thus
teach, that since God has the ability to know all things, yes indeed he can tell them out many thousands of years before they happen, that must mean
he knows everything.
Yet the scripture teaches us quite well that God can choose not to know something.
Let me give you an example. When Sodom and Gomorrah was at a point where it was worthy of destruction, did Jehovah automatically say he knew how
degraded they were? No. Notice that he sent his angels to see whether or not the report about the place was true:
(Genesis 18:20, 21) . . .Consequently Jehovah said: “The cry of complaint about Sod′om and Go·mor′rah, yes, it is loud, and their sin, yes,
it is very heavy. 21 I am quite determined to go down that I may see whether they act altogether according to the outcry over it that has come to me,
and, if not, I can get to know it.”
Jehovah can choose to tell in advance when and how something will happen. And he has the ability and the knowledge to make it come about. But does
that necessarily mean that he chooses to know how everyone will react when he has given us freewill? No. He set Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.
He did not foreknow they would sin, he also did not foreknow that Satan was going to sin either. Yet they did.
It was not God's fault that his free moral agents whom he had created with imputed righteousness rebelled against his Sovereignty.
If God himself foreknew all such things, then indeed he would be the source and cause of all wickedness, and we know he is not. Also, if God had
predestined everyone why would he give everyone the opportunity to repent? If he already knew who would and who would not? That makes no sense:
(Acts 17:30) . . .True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance, yet now he is telling mankind that they should all everywhere repent.
And if one has no choice in the matter, and God already foreknew how they would turn out, how can he give each of us the choice to make:
(Deuteronomy 30:19, 20) . . .I do take the heavens and the earth as witnesses against YOU today, that I have put life and death before you, the
blessing and the malediction; and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive, you and your offspring, 20 by loving Jehovah your God, by
listening to his voice and by sticking to him; for he is your life and the length of your days. . .
The path is set before us. Life and death, good and bad, the blessing and the malediction. If you wish to live then you must choose life, by loving
Jehovah God and listening to HIS voice.
Predestination is a God dishonoring doctrine that is not found in the Bible. Yet Jehovah has his witnesses that defend his good name and are teaching
truth to all meek-like individuals who are hungering and thristying for truth.
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