I hope you can help me because this is one of the biggest stumbling blocks of my faith. I’m having a hard time with the concept of free will and an omniscient creator. It seems to me that if God was omniscient when He created the universe, then He already knew every choice each of us would ever make before anything even existed, in which case, by causing us to be born in those surroundings and times which formed our personality, He was effectively making the choice for us.
Sort of like setting up dominos and then letting them fall. By setting the dominos up in the pattern I chose, I remove any possibility that the dominos will fall any other way.
The only way I can synch this up is if God set aside his omniscience when he created the universe so that He truely did not know what choice we would make in each situation until he had set the universe in motion. But is that possible?