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Published on May 22, 2011
The Bible says that God repented. Are people creating God? A cluster of theologians espousing "openness theology" (distinguishing it from Calvinism and Arminianism) are making a new argument for the openness of God: "Decisions not yet made do not exist anywhere to be known even by God. They are potential - yet to be realized but not yet actual. God can predict [but not foreknow with certainty] a great deal of what we will choose to do, but not all of it, because some of it remains hidden in the mystery of human freedom. . . . God too faces possibilities in the future, and not only certainties. God too moves into a future not wholly known. . . ." (Clark Pinnock, "From Augustine to Arminius: A Pilgrimage in Theology," pp. 25-26)
Does God know the future? For most people, the "future" is "what will come to pass" or "what will be." Webster's Dictionary says the future is "what is going to happen." The day after tomorrow certain things will have happened tomorrow. The controversy before us is: Does God know today what those things will be? And does this matter enough to be part of our theology? More to the point, does theology itself matter? or is this yet another human construct devoid of all eternal meaning?
Theology is something that gets in the way. It is man-made. It has form and structure, and as such this "something" is very limited. It provides no liberty, only God's grace does that. Can something man-made points us in the way we should go, or does it merely impends our progress? How might we get past self so that we can know God and make Him known? How can we do this apart from His Light? The simple fact is we cannot. This then is the work, the duty, our task at hand: to go sit with the Light and awaken to God's grace that we might forgive and heal and return to heaven.