Is it possible God does not ALWAYS know the future ?
I am a Christian but the Bible records several times when God regretted something he had done (like make man before the flood) Even Jesus asked if there was another way. If anyone shoudl have known, it should have been him... I don't mean any disrespect. I am just asking... God made 1000s of predictions that came true...
- JPLv 510 years ago
Who better to find contradictions in Bible than a Christian? Notice how all of the answers are different and how most of them, the religious ones, are all conjecture. How can you distinguish between one or the other? They're all superficially plausible, right? Notice how the idea of god is always moving. You can never know anything about god because as soon as you think you have a hard concrete fact about him it moves, you find something that contradicts your fact. This is what we refer to in logic as a moving goalpost. This happens because god is a figment of people's imaginations and can take on whatever form they say he can.
Fact is the God of the old testament was not perfect. He was not omniscient. He was however omnipotent. Scripture supports what I'm saying. He was not moral. In fact he lied to his believers. If you read hebrew you will realize that god told Adam that "on the day that you eat of it (the tree of the discernment of good and evil) you will surely die a dying." This die a dying is an emphatic phrase and denotes an instant death, especially combined with the phrase "on the day that you eat of it."
The thing is the Jews who wrote of and worshiped this god didn't have a problem with god lying to them. They would have considered it like a parent lying to their child to keep them from harm.
The problem came when Persians said their god was an all good god, capable of no evil which made their god better than the Jewish god. The concept of morality was then injected into the character of god. You can see this by reading pre and post exilic sister texts. For example 2 Samuel 24:1 (pre-exilic) and 1 Chronicles 21:1 (post exilic).
Now Christians noticed this is a problem and developed apologetics which said "well god told satan to do this, this is how god did it. God has authority over satan." This once again is moving the goalpost.
Sounds like you're on your way to discovering the truth. Enjoy. I laughed at the answers citing selective perception.
- 10 years ago
I've always pictured Him having Scenario A, B, and C in points of history/ our lives when we have to make a decision. If we chose to do 1 thing, it gives us 1 scenario where everything from then on has a path that He knows what's going to happen next, until the next point when we need to make a huge decision again. Doesn't really answer the question but it's easier to think of it that way. I mean, you know, if you still want to believe He's Omnipotent. Ha ha.
And by the way, "regretting" doesn't always mean you want to REDO things, He could have been hurt, yes, but everything rolled up to be towards the "Plan". It's more of a skeleton or an empty apartment. You can do things as you like but eventually you'll have the walls to deal with. Break the structural beams, you're in trouble. That's another way to look at it.Source(s): My weird imagination.
- Anonymous10 years ago
I don't believe in God, but I think I can answer the question, based on the bible.
There are many references in the Bible referring to the fact that humans have free will. If humans have free will, God cannot know the future. Because if he did know what will be in the future, that means the future is already written, there couldn't be free will.
Of course, this just brings me to the conclusion that God is either fallible or non existent.
- godlessLv 710 years ago
By definition, an omniscient god knows everything (including the future) and an omnipotent can do anything (including change the future). However, this creates an obvious contradiction, because this god can't both know the future and change it.
God is a bit like Superman, with human-created qualities that make no sense.
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- LGLv 710 years ago
The two concepts, God seeing the future and God regretting what he'd done(as well as sending people to hell) are logically incompatible with each other. Unless you want to say that God is beyond rational thought or logic, in which case why bother to argue anything about God. Just believe whatever's told to you by anyone claiming to speak for God and shut up.
- wanna knowLv 610 years ago
God know's all however freewill of men did not predict what choice they would make.God's perfect plan is for all to be saved but men as many you see on here won't accept him.However God sent you a book that tells you the future,the book of Revelations is being fullfiled as we speak.Have you read it?God bless
- 10 years ago
Yes, I completely agree with you. It IS possible for God to not always be able to tell the future. It says in the bible that God gave humans the ability to chose from right and wrong. Since WE are the only ones who can control what we do, God can't "tell us" what's going to happen in the future. We're the only ones who can make our own choices. Good question.
- Anonymous10 years ago
You've stubbled on one of the many flaws within the Bible. Keep questioning, that's all I can suggest and you'll work out the truth.
Here's a question in return:
"if God knows the future and has determined everything that is, was and will be........whats the point in God doing all of it in the first place?"
The biblical notion of God is a self serving argument. There's no point to any of it.Source(s): questioning everything and eventually finding some sense of it all.
- CFLv 710 years ago
It´s true that God may know everything He wants to in advance. But He SELECTS WHAT He wants TO SEE IN ADVANCE.
Sometimes, instead of beginning to read from "the last page" of the book, He starts "from the first page," of course, expecting the best from His servants.
New World Translation
"Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me."
“See, I do put before you today life and good, and death and bad. 16 [If you will listen to the commandments of Jehovah your God,] which I am commanding you today, so as to love Jehovah your God, to walk in his ways and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judicial decisions, then you will be bound to keep alive and to multiply, and Jehovah your God must bless you in the land to which you are going to take possession of it." -Deuteronomy 30:15, 16
Remember we were made in His image. We like good SURPRISES.God likes GOOD SURPRISES TOOISource(s): Bible Insight On The Scriptures (Foreknowledge), published by Jehovah´s Witnesses
- 10 years ago
But how would he be all-knowing if he didn't know the future? And are we specifically talking about god in Christianity or in other major religions such as Islam? (In Islam god knows past, present, future in every small detail, no regrets)Source(s): 25-year old Deist