Free Will

When God’s “Plan A” Falls Through, What’s Next?

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Image by Katie Tegtmeyer via Flickr Suzanne was angry, to say the least. Since her early teens, her only aspirations in life were to be a missionary to Taiwan and to marry a godly man with…

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What Unfulfilled Prophesies Say About the Open View

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Image by Lori Greig via Flickr Yesterday, we posted about how Messianic prophesies are understood in the open view of the future. Today, this post will look at prophesies that are not fulfilled in the way predicted…

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The Open View of Messianic Prophesies

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Image by Lawrence OP via Flickr A number of passages speak of particular events being foreknown by God, even events resulting from individuals’ free will. For example, dozens of prophesies in the OT accurately predict details about…

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Why Did God Allow Evil?

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Is it possible to force people to love? Powerful people may be able to force others to do just about anything. Through psychological or physical torture, they may succeed in forcing them to curse their…

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Does the Open View Undermine God’s Sovereignty?

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A common objection to the concept of a risk-taking God is that it seems to undermine God’s sovereignty. If any particular individual can opt out of God’s plan, then every individual could conceivably opt out…

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Isn’t the World Unsafe If God Doesn’t Control Everything?

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If God isn’t in control of everything, the world feels unsafe. If the future is open and if things can happen outside of God’s will, what guarantee is there that there is a point to…

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To What Extent is the Future Open to Real Possibilities?

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We frequently get questions about the extent to which the future is composed of actual possibilities rather than settled or determined. Here’s what Greg has to say in response to these questions: 1. We can…

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Lighten Up: Open Theism T-Shirt

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T-shirt on Zazzle designed by Jin_roh.

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The Future is Not Like the Past For God (or Us)

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Image by seier+seier via Flickr Everyone agrees that we are not free to change the past. No sane person would claim, for example, that I can now make any free choices about whether John F. Kennedy will…

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Evil, St. Augustine, & the “Secret” Higher Harmony

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The problem of evil constitutes the single most difficult challenge to Christian theism. Volumes upon volumes have been written with the express purpose of rationally reconciling the belief in an all-good and all-powerful God with…

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Living Into the Future

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Why didn’t God create a “perfect world”? Here’s Greg’s response to that question. See more at The Work of the People.

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God’s Regrets and Divine Foreknowledge

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One aspect of the portrait of God in Scripture that suggests the future is partly open is the fact that God sometimes regrets how things turn out, even prior decisions that he himself made. For…

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Confronting Divine Determinism

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Part of the fallen human condition inclines us to shirk our moral responsibility and accept that everything is predetermined, whether by God, the gods, fate, or blind chance. Various forms of determinism have been prevalent…

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God Does Not Always Get What He Wants

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One of the ways the Bible makes it clear that humans have free will and that God doesn’t predetermine human decisions is found in the responses God has toward human choices. Scripture consistently depicts God…

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The Risk of Love & the Source of Evil

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On Sunday Greg tweeted the following:  Love IS a tremendous risk. But if humans ever concluded the risk was not worth it, we likely become extinct rather quickly. … Yes, love is risky. It costs…

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How Can Salvation by Grace Involve Free Will?

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How does salvation by grace work if people have free will? If salvation hinges on whether individuals choose to be saved or not, is salvation based on grace or works? If we have to choose…

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What Hinders Answers to Prayer

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Prayer is powerful and effective, but it’s not magic. There is no automatic guarantee that what we’re praying for is going to come to pass, even when we’re praying with faith and in accordance with…

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Predestination Part 2: Seeing Destiny Rightly

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For Part 1, click here. In Ephesians Paul teaches that God “chose us in [Christ] before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Eph 1:4). In Christ, Paul continues,…

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Predestination: What Does It Mean?

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When some people hear the biblical teaching that God “chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4) and that “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Christ,” (Eph 1:5) they…

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Sermon Clip: Does Romans 9 predestine you to Hell?

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Did God predestine you to Hell? Can he even do that? In this short sermon clip, Greg Boyd talks about his own struggles when trying to understand Romans 9 which on the surface seems to…

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