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If God is all knowing, and he knows the choices we will make, do we really have free will?


If God knows everything, and he knows all the choices that we are going to make before we are even confronted with the choice, how can it be that we have free will? The only way for us to have free will is for God not to know the choices that we are going to make, effectively making God not all-knowing.

 

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    David Lim (wandererh) 5 years ago

    If God already knows everything down to the most minute of details, how can that be compatible with free will? I just can't see how the concept of an all-knowing God and free will can coexist.


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    David Lim (wandererh) 4 years ago

    The intent of the question has never been to "knock God off his pedestal", but to highlight that it appears that an all-knowing God (knowing all of the past, present and future) and the freewill of humans, cannot both be true at the same time.


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    David Lim (wandererh) 5 years ago

    Are you saying that God knows all the different possible futures that can come to pass, but we get to choose which future will actually come to pass? Hmmm, an all-knowing God and free will.


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If God is All-Knowing or Omniscient, Do We Really Have Free Will?

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    IDONO 5 years ago

    So, why would anyone do anything good for another person? Is life real or just an extreme imaginary entity that will drive me nuts. If you think there is no God, you'd better be right!


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    David Lim (wandererh) 5 years ago

    Hi wingedcentaur, I think you are confusing predictive ability with control. The fact that I or God can predict an outcome does not mean that we control the outcome.

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    vector7 5 years ago

    I'm speechless. As in, the question is answered in full much more understandably than I have answered it previously. Looks like my sentiments on paper. [or screen rather]

    Double that statement above. I'd quote it if asked.


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    vector7 5 years ago

    What a title CWB! lol. Caught my interest, will check it out.

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    backporchstories 5 years ago

    I whole heartedly agree!


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