Predestination vs. Freewill – Can it be both?

A great amount of confusion has come from our inability to grasp the depth of the foreknowledge of God. God is omniscient. God knows everything and always has. He is incapable of learning, and is never surprised. He knows every choice we will ever make, its entire effect on history, and He knew it “since the beginning of the world.”  (Acts 15:18) That is why He can justly say “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:13) before either was born.

Your freedom to make a decision is not hindered by God’s foreknowledge of the choice you will make. That is why Paul wrote in Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate…”

I recently asked a young bride whether she chose her husband or her husband chose her. She answered with an enthusiastic “YES!” I give the same response when asked “Do you believe in predestination or freewill?”

Yes!

100 percent.

Can God Make A Rock So Big He Can’t Move It?

The short answer: No.

This is not an “unstoppable force versus immovable object” paradox. In fact the answer has little to do with God’s ability to create large objects, because he can create any size object he wants, or his ability to move them, since it takes much more energy to create something that to move it. God could certainly move anything he could create. The weakness of this question is, ironically, the object that is a symbol of strength, hardness, endurance, and immovability: the rock.

Although rocks seem virtually indestructible on the human scale, on God’s scale they are very plastic and short lived. A rock much bigger than the sun would collapse from its own gravity to become a neutron star. Therefore it would no longer be a rock. God could easily make a rock much larger than than the sun, and he could easily move it. But it would, on its own, no longer remain a rock.

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Why God cannot exist

Many people get confused about the difference between God existing and God being real, because the words are used interchangeably so often.

To understand why God cannot exist, you must understand what exist actually means. The word exist comes from two Latin words, ex – which means out of, and sistere – which means to stand, or stand alone, as in self being. If God existed, he would have to be from something, in other words, he would have to be created or he would have to create himself.

That would be impossible since God, being eternal, would have to BE before he was. God does not have a beginning, does not age, and will never end. Everything that exists had to come out of something that was already there.

Therefore the original creator, must be eternal. If nothing was eternal, the creation process could never start.

God Can Not… (an incomplete list of things the God of Christianity can not do)

Although nothing is too difficult for God, there are many things he cannot do. Below is an incomplete list, sorted into 5 categories.

  • Change
  1. Age – Ps. 102:27
  2. Die – Ps. 119:142, and 145:13
  3. Change his mind – Mal. 3:6, James 1:17
  4. Create himself – John 1:1, Colo. 1:17
  5. Leave or forsake us – Heb. 13:5
  6. Be late or early – Heb. 10:37, 2 Pet. 3:9
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