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Martine wrote:

Hi, guys —

My son asked me this question and I had a hard time answering him. He is 18 and a scholar
so I need your help.

  • If God knows everything, how do we really have free will?
  • Tough question right?


  { If God knows everything, how do we really have free will? }

Bob replied:


Knowing about something is not the same as coercing it to happen. Think of it as simply an observation. God sees.

That being said, he can will things to happen and permit other things to happen so as not to impede free will.

That distinction is often referred to His perfect versus permissive will.

Blessings to you and your son,

Bob Kirby

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