Look at it this way. Imagine the 2011 Steelers have 1st and goal at the 9 yard line, at home against Baltimore with 12 minutes left in the 4th quarter. The offense calls timeout to talk things over. You hold your head in your hands because you KNOW the Steelers will come out with an empty backfield and 5 wide receivers, and Ben Roethlisberger will get creamed. Lo and behold, the Steelers come out in an empty backfield set with 5 wide receivers.Not the same thing, and here's why. Regardless of my foreknowledge, I have absolutely no control over what Bruce Arians is going to do.
According to your statement, Bruce Arians cannot be blamed for the formation because you already KNEW he was going to use it.
I see the difference in what you are saying - your perspective - but that doesn't take away the fact that OT/NT speak of the same God and all it takes is a little study to discover that.A little study of theology, which is a study of religion. Of course, from a religious perspective, they are the same God.
Okay, let me reword it then.
If a sociologist was looking at motivations, but drew a conclusion that the Bible describes two Gods then the conclusion is outside the scope of their investigation.
Your original point was that some scholars conclude the Bible speaks of two Gods, which has nothing to do with your explanation here, and that is where my argument lies.Fair enough. I think we've both made our point. It becomes a very complicated subject when you start trying to make a faithful man see through an unfaithful man's eyes or vice versa.
God can't lie
God can't cheat
God can't deny Himself.
WRONG, WRONG, and WRONG! They haven't already happened for you.That doesn't matter, they have already happened. No matter what choice I make, even if I think I am making a completely different choice than I would normally make, it has already been made. That is not free will, it is a predetermined fate. Period.
Do you not hold a thief responsible for his/her actions because he/she didn't ask to be born, or didn't ask to be born with a disposition toward stealing things?Sure we do...because the decision was already made to hold them responsible!
But God will lock satan up in a bottomless pit,Yeah, but then he's going to let him out after a 1000 years for some strange reason! Weird if you ask me!
after all men and women who have ever lived are given a chance to qualify for eternal life.
Yeah, but then he's going to let him out after a 1000 years for some strange reason!
what is the purpose of your existence LTS?
Yes, but YOU are the one who made the choice. Period.Did I? When? In the future?
You are missing my point that because time has no relevence to God, our future is the same to Him as the past and present.I'm not missing your point, I get what you are trying to say, I am just trying to show you that its wrong.
God's ability to know the choice you will make does not limit your freedom to make whatever choice you like.It doesn't?
He knows. Deal with it ...Well, technically, I don't have to deal with it, MoS. I believe Him to be a fictional character, so saying "He knows" is tantamount, in my mind, to saying that "Santa knows if I've been bad or good".