Re: the tradition that Abraham engaged in astronomical studies

From: Josh Bembenek (
Date: Thu Jun 26 2003 - 15:59:08 EDT

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    Dave: “I think part of the problem in dealing with choice is a tacit
    assumption that free choice must the totally uncontrolled. But it should be
    obvious that every choice is restricted by the physical. No one can choose
    to fly by flapping his arms. Other restrictions are more subtle. If King
    David had internalized the Ten Commandments, he would not have brought
    Bathsheba into his bedroom. The work of the Spirit is not foolproof, but
    restricts many options.”

    Indeed, aren’t we instructed in 1Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized
    you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you
    be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also
    provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” I don’t see how this
    could be possible without some subtle form of choice restriction
    enforcement. In terms of free choice and finding God, I tend to think that
    we could make no choice unless God makes himself available for us to choose,
    while God cannot choose us if we are unavailable (the question is what can
    make us unavailable to God besides His Will?) Is there any point in trying
    to distinguish between the Will of God and the choices of our “Free Will”,
    since nothing that occurs can be outside of God’s will, i.e. Pharoah's hard
    heart and God's desire to demonstrate His power?

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