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I was watching this movie..

.. and it had me thinking. Do you think you can believe in God and also believe that you have free will? If God is all knowing then he knows what you will do before you do it. How does he know what you will do if you don't know until you do it? What do you think?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:28 PM on Oct. 7, 2012 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake....

    Answer by Crafty26 at 12:02 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • If you were psychic and knew your neighbor was about to check the mail box does that mean you had any influence over it. Knowing the future does not mean you influence it.


    Answer by Farrahann at 12:31 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • If you're taking philosophy, you'll eventually cover the theorem that allows for this - it requires the deity to exist outside the concept of time as we know it. From its perspective, everything happens all at the same time, and all knowledge of everything from the beginning of time to the end becomes available to it simultaneously.

    The downside is that means it cannot be all powerful, because it is powerless to intervene in those things, because it's already done. Meaning prayer is nothing more than a self-soothing ritual.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:32 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • Sure, plenty of people find belief in both completely compatible

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:17 PM on Oct. 7, 2012

  • to keep someone from having free will you'd not allow them to make their own decisions. just b/c God knows what decisions ppl will make doesnt mean he affects those decisions or ppl's ability to make their own decisions. the future doesnt change b/c its never here yet to be would we know if the future has been changed or not? God isnt part of time so there is no past/present/future therefore he is all knowing, yet we have free will.

    i dont necessarily think God knows everything...but the idea of knowing all & free will doesnt seem incompatible to me.

    Answer by okmanders at 1:07 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • We have fulltime free will. The future is always changing and we don't ever know what is going to happen. Our free wills clash with other people's free wills and the one with the stronger will wins. It changes everything. Every possible decision you make affects many other people, in both obvious ways and ways we will never know could be.

    Answer by adnilm at 9:00 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • Well he knows what I am going to do before I do but the free will comes when he allow me to do the wrong thing and dont stop me

    Answer by Alisim at 10:40 PM on Oct. 7, 2012

  • You're thinking that knowing the future equates to all your decision being predetermined. They are determined, predetermined and past determined by you. Where you're at in the time space continuum has no bearing. It is only predestined because you had the free will to make it so.


    Answer by Farrahann at 1:14 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • God is not human, we as humans can't comprehend all His ways. We live on this earth and it's reality only---there is so much more, that our brains can't even grasp. It's all about faith :)

    Answer by robyann at 10:04 PM on Oct. 9, 2012

  • So you think we have free will.. sometimes? How is it your own free will if he knew it would happen? If he knew about it then it was predetermined that you would do it.


    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:59 PM on Oct. 7, 2012

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