Originally posted by EcstremeVenom
is it possible that God knows all the different things that could happen, and the different choices we can make but does not know which one we will choose til afterwards?
In another thread, I pointed out that apparently, based on the bible, the story of Jesus, His arrival, how He was betrayed, how He died and His resurrection; even down to the very detail of how many times the rooster would crow, were already known before
these events took place.
I suggested that Judas had no free will since he was destined to be the traitor whether he liked it or not; that everything was already predetermined by God.
However, it was argued that although God did know of every single thing that is to come, it doesn't mean that he predetermined them. It was argued that God still let us have free will. Therefore, for example, to take the case of Judas, God merely let him have his free will to betray Jesus; that that was totally his own choice. God merely saw it all before it happened. And so we have a beautiful explanation for an all-knowing God while maintaining the notion of giving us free will...
So now God sees a psycho who's about to fly an aeroplane into a tall building. He sees that the ensuing explosion is going to kill thousands of innocent people including infants. God does nothing. Why? Because he wants to let this psycho to have free will. And so, the building does come down to the ground. The psycho ended up in hell when he dies, because that is his choice. But what about those who died from the explosion? What choice did they have? I think I can safely assume that they wouldn't want to die like that? Did they have free will too?