God’s Timing is Perfect

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There are certain phrases Christians use that reveal a belief that God is in control of our lives in their entirety. The title of this blog post is a prime example. What I’d invite readers to consider is whether it’s possible to believe that God is unfolding all the events of our lives and at the same time to believe that we are free to act independently of the will of God (that we have, as it is commonly referred to, free will).

The reason why this matter is of vital importance is because the very doctrines at the heart of the Christian faith (such as sin, salvation, redemption, the atonement, judgment, etc) depend on the notion that human beings have free will. We only need to be ‘saved’ if we have ‘sinned’, and the notion of sin only makes sense if we have free will. But when Christians use a phrase such as ‘God’s timing is perfect’, isn’t this an implicit recognition that we are not free at all — that God is in control?

There are many complex and convoluted ways in which Christians try to make sense of the predicament outlined above, and those who are interested might wish to explore ideas such as compatibilism, open theism, and Molinism, which all attempt to provide a solution. These ideas, as well as many other ideas related to the divine sovereignty versus human free will problem, are discussed in detail in my new book, entitled God’s Grand Game, which is out now.

My book is an invitation for people of all faiths (as well as atheists and agnostics) to think deeply about the free will debate, and to consider the intricacies of this subject with an open mind. The arguments that I make in the book could profoundly influence the way readers see the God/world relationship, and perhaps prompt them to see their spiritual journey in a new light.

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17 Comments on “God’s Timing is Perfect

  1. To have a free will to choose what to do or what not to do. When we look at it logically, this is perfect. But matters of God cannot all be understood from a logical position. If we are looking for logical understanding or reason we can’t explain how God came about. Who created God? We cannot say. All we know is there is God. He has always been there. It is by faith that we agree he is there. Without faith we are completely confused, lost. Hence, we cannot understand everything that concerns God. We must accept what he himself tells us whether it sounds logical not, convincing or not because we are limited in our understanding we can’t understand what to God is so easy.
    Please, I am not challenging your views. I am only doing this because I believe you are interested in knowing what others think. So I hope you will not take offence if I continue to explain my understanding.

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    • It seems that the crux of your argument is “I don’t understand”. That’s perfectly okay, but I would just respond by saying that there are some things that you do claim to understand about God, just as there are certain things I claim to understand about God.

      I’m sure you would not deny that there are some things you believe to be true. You might try to argue that your views are 100% in alignment with the Bible. But surely you would accept that there are huge disagreements among Christians concerning practically every area of Christian doctrine. The words of Scripture are merely lines and curly symbols on a page, they do not contain inherent meaning (as if somehow ink contained ideas). The words become meaningful because God is bringing about our thoughts and understanding as we read and reflect (incidentally, that’s a further argument that we don’t have free will and God is in control).

      Regarding your question ‘Who created God?’, there’s a chapter in God’s Grand Game titled ‘The Aseity of God’ where I examine this. God’s essence is existence. That’s something that we can understand (logically, I feel), although admittedly there is an element of wonder and mystery in there, I agree.

      I don’t claim to know everything about God, but I do claim to know enough to question certain aspects of the Christian worldview, and the views of some other religions. Whether what I say resonates with people depends entirely on how God works in people’s bodies and minds as they read my words and reflect. I am just a puppet in God’s hands, and so is everyone else.

      I do not take offence at our conversation at all, I appreciate the opportunity to try to get Christians to see where I’m coming from on this. I think our discussion will be interesting and helpful to others, so thank you!

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  2. I believe that God is in charge of our destiny and has given us a path to follow. Whether we choose to follow that path or veer off is up to us. Thus we have God’s destiny for us and also a potential for us to turn a blind eye on what is best for us and sin.

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