From: Keith Miller (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Apr 22 2003 - 22:09:53 EDT
> Respectfully, I would differ with you on this. God is an entity
> entirely outside of time. He does not experience the
> moment-to-momentness of our life. Eternity is an instant to him;
> past, present, and future are synonymous from his perspective. Because
> of that, He knows with perfect clarity what the future is. In my
> mind, it is not necessary to see a dichotomy here with regard to our
> free will. The fact that He knows, perfectly, what we will do does
> not mean that that action is determined. We are completely free to
> choose, but because he sees "tomorrow" as clearly as "today," he has
> simply observed our choice already. As a matter of fact, he observed
> our choices before we or anything else came to be.
If you want to read a very good argument for God being in time and the
future being truely open to the decisions of God's creatures, I would
recommend the book "The Openness of God" (InterVarsity Press, 1994)
with contributions by Clark Pinnock, Richard Rice, John sanders,
William Hasker, and David Basinger. A God is omnipotent can still be a
God to whom the future is open, and whose creatures decisions really
determine the course of events. This does not prohibit the sure
accomplishment of God's will.
I am currently in the process of reading this book.
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