The Foreknowledge of God

Loraine BoettnerLoraine Boettner:

The Arminian objection against foreordination bears with equal force against the foreknowledge of God. What God foreknows must, in the very nature of the case, be as fixed and certain as what is foreordained; and if one is inconsistent with the free agency of man, the other is also. Foreordination renders the events certain, while foreknowledge presupposes that they are certain. Now if future events are foreknown to God, they cannot by any possibility take a turn contrary to His knowledge. If the course of future events is foreknown, history will follow that course as definitely as a locomotive follows the rails from New York to Chicago. The Arminian doctrine, in rejecting foreordination, rejects the theistic basis for foreknowledge.

Common sense tells us that no event can be foreknown unless by some means, either physical or mental, it has been predetermined. Our choice as to what determines the certainty of future events narrows down to two alternatives—the foreordination of the wise and merciful heavenly Father, or the working of blind, physical fate. (The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination)

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  1. the logical fallacy is that to know something, even in advance such as foreknow something, doesn’t mean you planned it or are doing it.
    they just aren’t them same at all. fpr one to know and for one to determine are not the same.
    mike

    • For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29 ESV)

      [E]ven as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will … (Ephesians 1:4-5 ESV)

      *The first verse does not show that God based His predestination upon a future fact; it establishes that God knew persons. God looks into the future and thinks about certain people in a saving relationship with Him. It is a relational knowledge and in this sense He knew them from the beginning. In this sense, Paul writes “But if anyone loves God, he is known by God” (1 Corinthians 8:3 ESV) and “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God …” (Galatians 4:9 ESV) When God knows people, it is personal knowledge based on a saving relationship. Therefore, in Romans 8:29 “those whom He foreknew” means “those whom He thought of in a saving relationship with Him”. Romans 8:29 says nothing about God seeing that certain persons would believe in the future and this idea is mentioned nowhere else in the Bible. Ephesians 1:4-5 confirms that God chooses according to “His Will”. Other supporting verses follow:

      No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:44 ESV)

      And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48 ESV)

      Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began … (2 Timothy 1:9 ESV)

      If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19 ESV)

      In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12 ESV)

      *(Written with a little help from Wayne Grudem)

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