Posted 2/23/2021 10:48 (#8852894 - in reply to #8852788) Subject: RE: God's plans?
dko_scOH - 2/23/2021 07:40
Philosophy 101, Argument for the Existence of God.
Usually cast as the conflict between omniscience and free will. If an all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful god is in charge, why does evil exist?
Put more directly, if God is omniscient, He must know the future -- as Biblical passages allege. But, if He knows the future, how can we have free will to independent action, since we could take choices that would alter the future? More to the point, if He has a Plan and our future is set, how can He punish unrepentant sinners for following a path they could not avoid?
Why does evil exist? Because man chose to exercise free will, he disobeyed God . God allows us free will, that does not mean He does not know what our choice will be ahead of time, that allows Him to make slight direction changes and still accomplish His plans. We have the choice to alter our future any time we change our path and bring it into alignment with the Saviors plans.
For example thou shall not steal. We have the choice, do we steal or not. It is our choice and ours alone to make and based on that choice we are also heading down a path that helps determine our destiny.
The interesting thing is none of us can make it down the correct path on our own. We need a savior and that savior is Jesus.
dko I do not know you personally, however I am fairly certain I can say that sometime in your life time you have stolen something, be it as simple as a #2 pencil. Have you ever once looked at a woman with lust? Have you ever wished you had the 80 that is just across the road from your house? According to Gods laws that makes you a thief, an adulator, and a coveter. These sins are enough to separate you from the life He has chosen for you which is to spend eternity with Him. It was your chose not His for that separation.
Another example the stop sign on the corner of 1st and Main, anywhere in the world. You can chose to obey it or you can chose to run it. Your chose and yours alone. However you do not have the choice of what the consequences of you actions bring. One of the consequences of running that sign may be death. Guess what, God says the wages of sin is death.
Philosophy 101 really is not that hard to understand and we live it every day. It is our choice.