Hi! I’ve had the following debate on several business trips with a coworker of mine who is Catholic. I was just wondering which one of us is correct in our belief.
I have always been taught that God is “all knowing”. I do not believe he has ANY limitations of his knowledge.
I commented once that God knows the moment we are conceived if we are going to heaven or to hell. My friend was shocked and didn’t agree with me. This was my argument:
God is “all knowing”. Sure, each person is born with FREE WILL, and I am NOT implying that our chance of heaven or hell is predestined. I am stating that although we have FREE WILL throughout our entire life, God already knows which decisions we will make. He knows before we even know if we will choose good or evil.
My friend argued, " If God already knows if we are going to heaven or hell, what is the point of our faith and us trying to better ourselves."
I told him we should always practice our faith and that we should always go to God for the strength to make the correct decisions in our life. However, I am only stating that since God is “all knowing”, it is only normal that he would know our entire future, including where we will spend eternity.
My mom and dad and other close friends agree with my viewpoint. My friend says his family agrees with him.
What do you think? Just because God knows everything about our future doesn’t imply that we don’t have free will during our life.