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An Analysis Of The Open Theist Views

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An Analysis of the Open Theist Views
Donell Winder
Baptist Bible College

Authors Note
This paper was prepared for Survey of Doctrine TH517, taught by Professor David Mappes.

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One may come to a state of confusion when trying to figure out what the truth really is. When people come to such a place, they began to search for the truth. Within the past 30 years, a movement began by different theologians and philosophers called “open theism.”
Open theism argues that God does not know what a human being will do until he or she actually does it. The open theists believe that God has complete knowledge of the past and the present, but knows nothing regarding the future. Any knowledge that God has of the future is in reference to what he knows of “present dispositions, proclivities, inclinations, intentions and probabilities as well as they can be known” (Morris, 1991). The open theist believe that because God loves us and wants us to freely love him, the plans and knowledge for the future is conditional upon the actions of the people. When discussing a topic such as Open Theism,” it provokes an extensive and heated debate” There is an ongoing need to examine the arguments from both sides. (Yang, 2010)
Theology defines the omniscience of God as, all knowing. Which means God knows everything. He knows the past, present and the future. Nothing that happens in this world, happens by chance. God is a God of knowledge and wisdom. There were some things that were prophesied in the Old Testament books that came to pass in the New Testament

books. Isaiah 7:14 states “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. The prophet was speaking of Jesus. He was the one born of a virgin. The only way God knew this was because of his omnipresence.
The scriptures also tell of the suffering of Jesus in the Old Testament. Isaiah 50:6 6- I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.7 For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed. 8 He who vindicates Me is near; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand up to each other; Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me. (NAS)
Theology defines the immutability of God as unchanging. His purpose doesn’t change, his perfections nor does his promises change. James 1:17 (NIV)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Open Theists have a different view of this. They argue God is always open to new experiences and open to change. Open Theist will try to use certain passages in the bible to serve as a factual documentation to support their beliefs. They will speak of Gods deviation from his previously stated intentions as evidence for their position. They will argue that Gods change of mind is dependent upon humans meeting certain conditions.

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