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Food for Thought

Posted by Iszi on December 19, 2006

Something interesting that has crossed my mind today, and is now the source of one of the lesser (albeit probably most important) quandaries that currently plagues my consciousness:

Christianity professes that there is one God who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Christianity says that it is our choice to follow Him or not to follow Him. To not follow Him is operating outside of His will, and walking in sin.

All of this, I have been taught and lead to believe and accept through all of my life. Now, here’s the killer:

Given the existence of an omniscient and omnipotent being in the universe (be it God or otherwise) how can we be sure that any choice we make is truly our own? How can we be sure that any thought we have comes from our own head?

So, first we are asked to choose to believe that there is a God who has created, and can control the entire universe. But to choose to believe that, we also have to believe it possible that the choice was never really ours to make in the first place.

Yes, the truth is the same whether we believe it or not, but the question remains whether our belief or disbelief is truly an option? Even as I write this, I cannot be sure – believing in an all-knowing, all-powerful God – that these words are actually of my own composure.

In the end of course, it all comes down to faith. But faith rests upon belief, and when one’s belief is shaken like this, where does their faith have to stand?

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One Response to “Food for Thought”

  1. augustrose said

    “Given the existence of an omniscient and omnipotent being in the universe (be it God or otherwise) how can we be sure that any choice we make is truly our own? How can we be sure that any thought we have comes from our own head?”

    Greetings, Iszi. These are great questions to ask. God did give us the freedom to choose. Adam and Eve chose in the Garden of Eden to use their right and sin was born into the earth. I don’t believe a loving God wanted or orchestrated that although the Bible does tell us Jesus was the lamb slain from the foundations of the earth (before man was created). God knew all these things, but chose anyway to create a mankind who had the choice to choose or reject Him.

    As far as being sure any thought we have comes from our own head, we have to remember there’s a God and a devil and then our own will. The devil battles in our mind and God speaks to our heart. If we feed the Word into our heart, it renews our mind so we can think more like the Father. If we starve our spirit, our mind will be more inclined to think otherwise.

    Some have made predestination an issue for Christians. We are not programmed robots. We get to choose and that’s a great thing especially we choose wisely. Be encouraged!

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