omniscient (Fae, I can't delete this thread, delete it for me!)
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Posted 2/3/08 , edited 2/4/08
Wow stick/magnus, bringing out the controversial part of Christianity xD.

Nowhere in the Bible is the term "omniscient" used in the Bible. Sure the phrase "all knowing" is used countless number of times, but let's take a look at a couple of verses with "all knowing" in it.

In John 16:30, the disciples tell Jesus that "we can see that you know all things". In the Greek translation, the word pas is used to describe "all knowing". In Matthew 17:11, Jesus says "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things." The same Greek word pas is used. Does this mean that Elijah will come and restore a fallen leaf from a tree, or that he will bring back the Earth to the way it was thousands of years ago? No, as far as we can see in the Bible and throughout history, that hasn't happened. I believe that just as there is a limitation to restoring all things, there is a "limitation" to what God's knowledge of the future is. When they say all knowing, I believe they mean to say that He is wise, He knows what's best for us, He knows everything about us at the current moment. But to say that He knows our future, contradicts to the free will that He gave us.

If God was omniscient to the point that He knew whether or not I was going to heaven or hell, what's the point of me being Christian. What's the point of having a relationship with Him. The Bible claims that He longs us to be with Him, yet if our lives are already destined to go to hell, why should we? This is the main point; grace is given to us because of the wrong choices we made. The blood of Jesus was shed because of our sins and transgressions, that we CHOSE to make. If we're destined to go to heaven, what's the point of grace? We as Christians believe that "it is by grace that you have been saved through faith; and this not from yourself; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)"

As for God being evil, why would he give us the gift of healing? To kill people? Rather it is to bless people...

Hope that makes sense...if it doesn't, sue me xD
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