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Discussion 1 to Meditation 328
Prophecy and Free Will

by Rev. Philip van Bergen

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The concept of free will is most interesting in relation to prophecy.

According to the Bible, Adam and Eve had a choice, indicating God gave them free will.

The church's obsession with prophecy, however, would appear to indicate that God can see the future, and hence everything is preordained - in which case, we are not free to make a free choice in accepting or denying God.

That puts faith in a bit of a quandary. You can't have it both ways.

A very good website, which shows various 3rd party arguments in support of prophecy and free will being compatible, is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Prophecy