Podcast: Defending the Manifesto (4 of 10)
Revelation 17:8 refers to people whose names haven’t been written in “the book of life from the creation of the world.” Doesn’t this conflict with open theism?
As in Revelation 13:8, the clause “from the foundation” (apo kataboleis) need not mean “from before the foundation” but simply “from the foundation” (= since the foundation). It’s not that names either were or were not written in the “book of life” before they were ever born. Rather, throughout history, in response to the choices…
Greg discusses the potential sainthood of Joseph, and the importance of the virgin birth. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0211.mp3
Greg discusses the revolution of God. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0387.mp3
Greg discusses the incarnation from the perspective of “God as Human” rather than “God and Human.” http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0252.mp3
Revelation 13:8 refers to “everyone whose names have not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life.” How does that square with open theism?
Three possibilities exist in terms of reconciling Revelation 13:8 with open theism. 1) First, the “from the foundation of the world” clause can attach to either “everyone whose names have not been written” or to “the lamb that was slain.” For example, the TNIV translates this passage “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the…
The way we view God is in part conditioned by the state of our minds and hearts. Origen put it this way: “[T]he Holy Spirit addresses our nature in a manner appropriate to its imperfection, only as far as it is capable of listening.” In fact, Origen went so far as to argue that the…