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On the Nature of God
L. Steven Cheairs
Copyright 2000 by L. Steven Cheairs
The question has been posed, as to if humans can
have a free will in a system in which the creator knows the
outcome of every event, has long been argued by theologians.
As stated by Boethius "There seems to be an hopeless conflict
between divine foreknowledge of all things and freedom of
human will. For if God sees everything in advance and
cannot be deceived in any way, whatever his Providence
foresees will happen, must happen. Therefore, if God
foreknows eternally not only the acts of men, but also their
plans and wishes, there cannot be freedom of will…."
The other avenue that one can take is that God knows
the outcome but does not act to cause the outcome. But the
crux of the problem is "Since as we have shown, whatever is
known is known according to the nature of the knower, and
not according to its own nature, let us now consider as far as
is lawful the nature of the Divine Being…." Boethius goes on
to define eternal. He is close to the answer at this point but
lacks an understanding of his Bible.
Before we can answer this question first we must
understand the Divine nature from what has been given to us
in the pages of the Bible. The New Testament book of
Romans, in chapter 1, verse 20 we are told "For since the
creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal
power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being
understood through what has been made..."