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When one engages in a theological study of God’s foreknowledge and decree, he will begin to see the different webs of crucial doctrines that hinges on this study.  The interpretation of God’s foreknowledge and decree will impact one’s doctrines such as harmartiology eschatology, Christology, soteriology, theodicy, and many other doctrines.[1] Many of the doctrines as discussed above, all act out from God’s divine decree.  In other words, God’s decree is the divine script of how the story plays out.

In this series, I will argue that the Calvinist view provides the clearest biblical understanding of the relationship between God’s divine decree and foreknowledge.  Open theism on the other hand, misrepresents the Bible’s view on God’s foreknowledge and God’s decree due to their misguided presuppositions such as God creating us for the sake of loving relationships; we are not robots, God risks when we are given libertarian free will, God does not will evil, God does not protect us from ourselves—all which are contrary to the sovereignty of God.[2]

Stay tune for the next installment.  I will be covering open theism’s definition of decree and foreknowledge.

[1] Larry D. Pettegrew, “Is There Knowledge in the Most High?” (Psalm 73:11).  The Master’s Seminary Journal 12, no. 2 (Fall 2001), 146-147.

[2] Clark H. Pinnock, “The Metaphysics of Love,” Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God’s Openness. Didsbury Lectures, 2000, (Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Paternoster Press, 2001), 131-132.

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