Re: Proof that the entire future is NOT fixed
This is a basic outline I wrote in the other thread, slightly reworded. Why don't some of you guys tell me which points you agree with and which points you disagree with.
Originally Posted by Ceegen
1. God has perfect and precise foreknowledge.
2. What God foreknows is not an actuality until it comes to pass.
3. The fact that something has not yet occurrred does not mean that it cannot be foreknown.
4. The fact that something is foreknown does not necessarily eliminate all human freedom. God's foreknowledge is not always causative. Sometimes He foreknows that which He will Himself bring to pass, and other times He foreknows what He will allow to come to pass.
5. God not only knows what potentially might happen, He also knows what will actually happen. This does not imply a future in which everything is already predetermined, it means that God is perfect in knowledge and knows all things, not only that which has been and that which is, but also of that which will be.
6. God often speaks of what could potentially happen in order to move us to an action that will produce what He desires to actually happen. For example, God warns that a sinner will perish if they do not repent in order to move them to repentance. Or God told Hezekiah that He was going to die, in order to move Hezekiah to pray and receive 15 additional years.
7. If we do not take the action that God is moving us towards, the unwanted potentiality, ( for example Hezekiah's death), will become reality, and we may lose the blessing ( for example Hezekiah's 15 extra years) God intended for us.
8. Nevertheless, these types of contingencies do not affect God's foreknowledge which is perfect, entire, and free.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.