Do we really have free will? A study of Predestination.

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How free are we? Do we really have a choice in what we do, or is our path already chosen for us? Some would say that God is limited in his knowledge, while others say that if he is all knowing, and that does not allow for human's free will because God's knowledge of the future actually removes the choice. The fact is however, God is omniscient, he knows the past, present and future, God has a plan for the world, and the world is free to do as they choose, despite God's omniscience. People are in fact free to make their own choices. God's foreknowledge does not remove the gift of freedom given to man from God, but simply allows him provide greater care for his people.

God is omniscient. Some would argue that either God doesn't know all, or that he restricts himself from knowing all. It is evident however, throughout scripture, that this is not true, "...the

LORD is a God who knows..." (1 Sam. 2:3). God is very much aware of what is happening in the present, past and future. Psalms 139 compares God's thoughts to the number of grains of sand that exist. "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand." (Psalms 139:17, 18)

God knows what is happening at every minute. "...for [God] views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens." (Job 28:24). God knows the number of stars that scatter the sky or the grains of sand in the seas, or the number of hairs on each person's head or when one sparrow falls to the ground (Matt. 10:29, 30). God not only knows what goes on, but understands...