God Part IV (Free Will – Another Response)
So Adam and I had a short conversation last night while we were on break, concerning Predestination and Free Will. He found fault in my assessment that God should have known man would become evil from the onset of things. His argument was that God gave man Free Will and we did the wrong thing with it. I suppose that, in a sense, that could be correct. But, if one is to adhere to what the Bible says, you would not be able to hold that position.
I maintain that if God is perfect, as the Bible says countless times that He is (some examples: Psalms 18:30, Job 11:7, Psalms 19:7, Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”), then God could never have made a “bad decision” in creating Man, then regretted doing it later. Even the act itself of destroying mankind, while sparing Noah and his family is abhorrent. The death of all people aside from one family, when a God who is supposed to be perfect should have known this would come to be. 1 John 3:20 says, “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” So if God “knoweth all things,” then He could have foreseen this entire situation – his human situation – and avoided much suffering. Maybe God’s error was in giving man Free Will.
Maybe not even that God’s error was in giving Man Free Will, but that He created Man with the capacity to do evil. But this begs the question whether or not good and evil are what God thinks is good and evil, or if good and evil precede God and what He is. Is God merely the enforcer of the Law? If that is so, then where did good and evil come from? Are they simply necessarily due to the “natural” way of things? And if that is so, then what purpose does God serve? If good and evil have always been, then God’s “origin” must have been from good and evil.
But these become obscure arguments and, frankly, don’t change the fact that no matter how you look at it, God did err in one way or another (contradicting what the Bible says about His perfection), whether He erred in giving Man Free Will, or in knowing that Man would become evil and creating him anyway – in a sense, bringing evil into the world (if evil doesn’t preempt God’s own existence.).
So I suppose that the issue then comes to whether or not one believes the Bible is truly the Word of God, or if there is only some truth to it. If that’s the case, then which parts are true? Does one decide on a whim that this verse is true and the next few aren’t? Back in my church days we used to call these people “Cafeteria Christians.” They’d go through the Bible and pick and choose what they decided they wanted to believe and what they didn’t. Where is your solid foundation for your beliefs, the place where you put your faith? That type of attitude, in my opinion, says to me that one feels they can’t trust the Bible, and that possibly the only reason they accept any tenets of Christianity is due to tradition, upbringing and the community they grew up in – fear in disappointing loved ones.
In any case, in my next installment (possibly today), I’m going to outline my theory for a possible explanation of existence. Until then, happy reading and commenting!