[quote=Anonymous_1]I recently created a post regarding the problem reconciling free-will and Gods omniscience. If God knows what we will have ever done(perfect future tense) than we could not have done other wise.
My teacher is brilliant, he proposed a solution. Note that he has no degree in philosophy, only physics.
He noted the doppler shift and the fact that the universe is expanding. However outside the outter boundries of the physical universe, there void, emptiness, NOTHING…The universe expands into this nothingness but before the expansion reaches a point outside the universe, it dosen’t exist.
My teacher, using this analogy concluded that the future does not exist. There is only the present and the past. It makes so much sense. God dosen’t know what we will have chosen but knows isntead what we choose…
i think it is brilliant and want to continue studying under this guy.
what are your thoughts?
I think that assertion is very problematic and not an acurate description of God omniscience. God knows past, present and future and is in the eternal now. Even though analogies don’t fully suffice on describing truth I’ll use this one anyway. I once heard this analogy:
Gods omniscience is like someone on a tall building looking down at two cars (the cars being people) and God can see one of the cars headed straight for a wall that will completely destroy it, yet He allows it to continue even though God has put up signs along the path trying to warn this car to stop and turn back and it eventually smashes into the wall. This car had the free choice to continue or turn back even on its self-destructive path.
Another car is going on the same path but stops and turns around because it has seen and acted on the warning signs God has placed.
Now, why did God allow the first car to smash into the wall? Because the car had free will and chose not to stop and turn back. God knew what would happen to the car even though He knew what the future held for the car and yet He allowed it to crash. God knew their past, (where the cars had been), present (where the cars are now) and future (what will happen to them).
And as is Catholic theology on predestination. God predestines people to heaven but NOT to hell; that would be blasphemous to a God who is love and would be teaching Calvinism. God who is love doesn’t violate mans free will or free choice.