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— Set Up -------
Suppose you figured out how to travel in time. You go forward, and meet up with someone you did not know before… You become friends with them, and learn intimate details about their life, and then, watch them die tragically in a car accident.
If you then return to your normal time, and write about this person you knew in the future, and how they died… as long as you don’t ‘change’ the future you know everything about that persons future, you know how they live, and you know how they die.
Does your KNOWLEDGE of such things remove that persons free will? Nope
However, Can you then say that this person is predestined to die in a car accident? Yup
In other words… you have a case where someone can be predestined for something, yet they still have complete free will
— God -----------
Now, as we all know, God is completely and totally OUTSIDE of time. WE CANNOT LOOK AT GOD IN OUR TIME REFERENCE Like the time traveler, he knows how a person will act and do, though the person still has complete free will.
Based on the free will of that person, he can then say this person is predestined for heaven… But his ‘declaration’ does not change a persons free will… Just because god KNOWS what you will choose, does not mean your free will is removed. It is simply him using the knowledge he has access to because he is outside time…
God can easily say, if you are predestined to be elect, you cannot be removed, but the catch is not because we are saved in an instant, Like OSAS, but because god can see our TOTAL life and all the choices when make with our free will, and use that out of our time frame knowledge to say this person is predestined, yet they not loose their free will