If free will is real then we can change the…
If free will is real then we can change the future.
Nothing is set. Nothing is determined.
And all God’s prophecies in the Bible are conditional. Based on how we respond.
We can take it upon ourselves to create the world we want, and any future expectations of judgement, wrath, and apocalypse can be prevented.
Simply by our free will. It’s our choice.
We can choose to convert every human on earth and transform this world into a paradise. No more evil. No more war. No more poverty.
The future is open and undetermined, and by the power of our free will we can change it.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
– Matthew 26:53-54 King James Version (KJV)
36 “Abba, Father,”he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
– Mark 14:36 New Living Translation (NLT)
27 “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. 28 But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will.
– Acts 4:27-28 New Living Translation (NLT)
I hope you sensed a note of sarcasm in my opening lines.
When God looks into the future he sees what can be, and he sees what will be. In other words, he sees all the possibilities, and he sees the final outcome of all the possibilities.
But God does more than just foresee the future. If all he did was foresee the future then he would see events born out of chance, chaos, and randomness. He would not speak of having a plan or a purpose. He would simply go along with history as it sprang from chance, chaos, and randomness. But the truth is that God directs what he foresees. And he foresees what he directs.
The future already happened.
Think of time this way. Visualize in your mind a DVD. On that DVD is a movie. As that movie plays in a DVD player the only part of the movie you see is the one on the TV screen. That to you is reality. What you are presently experiencing. But the rest of the movie is also existing in the present moment. It’s just not showing on the screen. For on that DVD at this very moment is the past, present and future existing simultaneously.
Reality is like the movie on that DVD. The past, present, and future exist simultaneously. So don’t think of the future as something to come. It has already happened.
“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
– Albert Einstein
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
– Revelation 17:17 King James Version (KJV)
“The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.”
– Gifford Pinchot
Remember. Because of free will the past, present, and future can’t determine your future unless you allow it.