Have you ever thought about freedom to choose or freewill?
I have many times. Some people think that Christianity doesn’t make sense its not logical. People say, “How can a Christian say God knows everything and that we have freewill?” I totally understand why that would look illogical. On one hand we are saying that a person is able to do whatever they choose to do. We are also saying that God knows everything and if He knows everything then we don’t really make chooses. We were destined to make that choice.
Let’s look at some scripture backing both ideas.
God is All-Knowing or Omniscient
Psalm 139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
Job 28:24 For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens
Isaiah 46:9 I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
1 John 3:19-20 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
God Given Freewill
Although the word “freewill” is not written in the bible; there are many scriptures that illustrate this concept.
Genesis 2:15-17, 15 The Lord God took the man (Adam) and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
God created freewill or the ability to choose at the creation of the world.
As most people know Adam and Eve eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then…
Genesis 3:23-24, 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
It is pretty clear that God didn’t plan to banish Adam and Eve from the garden. If they were predestined to disobey and be banished why would God have made the garden in the first place?
So now we have looked at scriptures that support both ideas: freewill and an all-knowing God. It appears that the bible is contradicting itself. I have come to understand it in this way…
When a movie is being filmed the director is in charge of everything. He knows the story from beginning to end. He has a plan for all of the actors and sets. He has it all set before they start filming. This is the same as God; He has a plan set before anything was started. Sometime in movies the ending isn’t set in stone. The director has a plan in mind of how it should end, but often its not the only ending. Sometimes movies end differently then the first ending that was planned. An alternate ending; many times the director wants the movie to end up happy, but he also can see it ending in tragedy. This is how it is with God again; He has a plan and a set path, but He can see where all of the choices can lead and knows them all hoping and nudging us to follow the perfect one He has set out.
This is a picture of how God can know everything and we still have freewill.