My question is: "If God foreknew the fall, and then God allowed it to occur, then doesn't it follow, he predestinated it, or as a minimum, he decreed it?"
The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible
This has significant implications for not only the fall, but the presence of evil in our world in general. God is not evil. There is no biblical reason to argue that God predestined the fall, though he foreknew it. There is no biblical reason to assert that God predestined all the evil events throughout human history simply because he foreknew them.
- Ward Tyler: That is an interesting question. It is a question I struggle with, and something that bothers me greatly about reformed theology. I would suggest that God's sovereign rule means what He desires to accomplish, will be done. God's sovereign Will was to create both spiritual and physical beings with Free Will that would Co-Rule with Him. This of course means the possibility of rebellion, and if we are talking free will for all eternity I would suggest certainty of rebellion. This is Why God had a plan through Christ from the beginning of creation for redemption. In short foreknowledge is not predestination. I can know that If I wake up late I will not get to eat breakfast. But when I wake up late I didn't predestine myself to not eat breakfast.
- Check out this entry from Heiser's blog, he also hits it in the podcast a few times I think.Predestination and Free Will: A Summary of The Naked Bible Position - Dr. Michael HeiserWell, I never figured that we’d be getting into this topic so early, but we did. I’m not going to post any more comments to the post that started all this; time to move on. However, I thought it would be advisable to post a summary of my thoughts on the subject for those who …drmsh.com
- J. Riley Corrigan: Thanks for the link. Whenever I can read about Heiser's ideas on different issues I read them.