This is a tricky question that i've wanted to ask a long time ago...We christians believe that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and all powerful, and there is also a saying that he knows the beginning from the end.Does that mean that he knows those that are going to go to hell or heaven right from when they where born, because most people argue that he gives us choices to make but if he's all knowing then he knows what we're going to choose at the end of the day so that cannot really be called choice,he even told jeremiah that he knew him from the womb?

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    Why can it not be called choice if what we will choose is (fore)known? Does knowing the outcome before it happens predetermine it or does it reveal great understanding?
    – mojo
    Aug 29, 2014 at 15:58
  • I'd just like to bring up there's only dubious Biblical evidence that hell is a specific location that people go to and that the acceptance of the existence of hell probably shouldn't be taking as a defining issue of the Christian identity.
    – Calvin
    Aug 29, 2014 at 16:42
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    Your friend was basically talking about Theodicy - aka the problem of evil. Short version it's "If God is all-powerful, and all good, then how could there be pain and suffering in the world". I'd recommend a few google or other search engine searches for "Theodicy apologetics" (Apologetics is the study of defending the faith). There's plenty written on the subject. Aug 29, 2014 at 18:11

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Your question brings up a perpetual argument between free will and predestination, That question has been argued for decades that I am aware of and probably even Centuries.

The only answer that can possibly deal with this is that God is eternal. What that really means is that there is no such thing as time as far as God is concerned. There is no yesterday and no tomorrow.

Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

So what can we determine from this Scripture? This actually says that all things are lumped together in him, or in other words to God there is no difference between the fist day of creation and the last day in Revelation.

Without time all things are simultaneous. To God all of the centuries of time are like a flash card that we see for only a short time and yet we are aware of all that was on the flash card. To God he constantly is aware of all things without end in what we call the past and what we call the future.

Just as a writer already has an idea of how to end a book when beginning the first chapter, so God planned the end as he initiated the creation.

The only way to answer your question is to say:

Isaiah 55:8 and 9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

hope this helps.

  • yeah it helps a little
    – danidee
    Aug 29, 2014 at 16:02

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