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The Fool Says, ‘There is no God’

Blowtorch of Reason Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 5:07 PM
If god knows everything and every thing that we will do then how is that free will? If we are free to make our own choices and decisions on our life and god does not know it then how is god an all powerful being? One cancels out the other. If we have true free will then god is not all knowing. If god exists and is all knowing, then we do not have free will.
RockinRickOwen Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 5:24 PM
1. The possession of knowledge does not exclude allowing others to make choices.
2. The possession of infinite power does not necessarily coincide with the possession of infinite knowledge. (to address your second sentence)
3. That God knows our choices ahead of time doesn't mean He makes those choices for us. It does, however, afford Him the opportunity to prepare for them ahead of time. We walk down the street of an unfamiliar city. Those familiar with it, and who are observing from the windows far above, are more aware then ourselves of the choices available, and our progress towards them.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1

Be they theist or be they atheist, on this most scientists agree: In the beginning there was nothing. There was no time, space or matter. There wasn’t even emptiness, only nothingness. Well, nothing natural anyway.

And then, bang! Everything. Nonexistence became existence. Nothing became, in less than an instant, our inconceivably vast and finely tuned universe governed by what mankind would later call – after we too popped into existence from nowhere, fully armed with conscious awareness and the ability to think, communicate and observe – “natural law”...