My comments to two videos on “Closer to Truth”: “If God knows the future, what is free will” and “How can free will work?”.
Free to choose four kings from a card deck, but how to implement it?
Imagine I have a card deck an lay the card on the table so that we can see all the card. You get the task to choose the 4 kings, so that it shall be a history of 4 kings, one after the other. First you can choose among four, then among 3, then 2 and at last 1. How many histories can you choose? It will be 4*3*2*1 = 24, it will be 24 histories. You can freely choose the 4 kings in 24 ways. This is mathematics. So the you have a free will, sure like mathematics. No problem.
So why do they discuss it, what’s the problem? There might be another problem, for example that you chose to do something, but you are not able to do it. You want something but can`t get it. Maybe you are not strong enough, not wise enough, you lac information, you are not rich enough to pay for it.
If I shuffle the card deck and let you choose from four cards from it without let you see what card you choose and you still want to choose the 4 kings in the same order, you must be very lucky to succeed. The chance will be 1/(52*51*50*49) = 0,00000015.
God’s prophets prophesised about four great kings.
In the Bible it was prophesied that should invade Juda (the rest of Israel) and bring them as slaves to Babylonia, but later the king of Persia, Kyros, would let them go home. While they were in Babylonia, God told Daniel that after Babylonia there would come tree great kingdoms, Media, Persia and the Greek-empire. It is told that Alexander the Great’s kingdom should be divided in four, one of them was the Greek-Syrian kingdom. Here should come a dictator, Antiochus 4. Epiphanes, that pursued the Jews.
How could he know? Why did he let it happen, why did he let his own people suffer that much?
He had a plan. He surely saw something valuable in the Greek culture and Alexander spread it with his empire. But there also was something bad.
When Isac Newton was old he wrote a book about Daniels Book and the revelation in the New Testament. The Revelation seems to be a continuation of Daniels book.
When we make a good choice, in accordance with God’s will, we need God’s help to implement it.
In the second creation history, Genesis.2, it is told that the earth was dry without life. Then God let there come a spring of water to water the soil and then he created the man from the soil and blew the spirit of life into his nose, so that he became a living soul. God planted the garden and said to the man that he should cultivate it and protect it. God let him fall asleep and then he created the women out of his rib, so that she should be a help that suited to him. When the man woke up, he acknowledged what God had done when he was asleep, even though he was unconscious, he acknowledged it when he became conscious.
This shows that God did his work with the man before he was alive and when he was unconscious, but when he was conscious he experienced that God also did his work in his surroundings.
As long as they did what God had told them to, their will and their doings were in accordance to Gods will.
Then they chose to do what he had told them not to do and that was bad to themselves. They were cheated.
But God still did his work with the people, even thou they didn’t know it and understand it. He chose the Israel as his people and did his work with them, so they were aware of it, but did they believe? But it also told that he did his work with the peoples around them and their kings, even though they did not know him and did not understand it. But some of them came to acknowledge it.
God speaks to us and makes miracles.
For many decades I have visited free living churches and Jesus has talked to me trough the speech and trough translations of speak in tongues. Once and economist was the speaker and he also translated a speak in tongues. He also told that he was healed from cystic fibrosis and heart attack. Cystic fibrosis is a gene disease, people get sicker and sicker and then they die, maybe the get little more than 30 years by good treatment. But he was quite healthy and more than 50 years old. This was so special that I wrote about it in my blog.
Some years later he had got cancer and they prayed for him to be healed again. They had the meeting on youtube and I wrote about it in my blog again. Many called the leading of the church and told them that they didn’t like this. They called him too and this was troublesome to him and came in addition to his illness. This time he was not healed and died of cancer about 60 years old.
These telephone calls were like protesting against healing by prayer. Surly they argued on the basement of science, but scientific interest was not really the point. They wished him not to be healed and what was the point in that?
If scientific interests were the point, then they would have liked to gene-sequence him to find out what really had happened. Were genes changed or was the reading of the genes changed or what? I suggest the genes were changed and it would have been interesting to verify it.
So it happens that people are healed by prayer. Nowadays there are many such witnesses. I mean this is interesting to science and nature philosophy. If somebody says it is not true, then it is a lie. But the purpose of science is to say the truth!
How to know that God is the only god.
In ancient time many people believed that the celestial bodies were gods. They made gods from sticks and stones and worshipped them. But the prophets in the Bible told the people that it was not gods, those gods that did not create heaven and earth were not gods. God created it by his Word, so that what is visible is made of what is not visible. This was not so easy to understand and accept at that time, but now we know that this suits to science.
God said to his people through his prophets that they can know he is the only right God, because he talks to them, he tells what will happen and it happens and he saves. They killed him, but the true and living God made him alive again, rose him for the dead and set him by his right hand side in heaven. He makes his church alive and does same kind of wonders through it.
The faith in Christ makes me wise in heart at the same time as I think scientific with my brain.
God reconciled the world with himself when he let Jesus die on the cross instead of us. On that foundation I let myself reconcile with him, in this way I will get harmony between heart and brain, body and soul. I believe in God and his Word by my heart at the same time as I think mathematics and natural science with my brain. I shall seek Christ and believe in him and love him with all of my heart. That makes me wise in hearth, so that it is fruitful to my brain also.
I choose to turn to Jesus and bless him, in this way I am blessed. That’s why I become a blessing and so I say to them: May God bless you.
The old eval nature and the new good nature from God, according to apostle Paul.
Apostle Paul was first a fanatic Pharisee that persecuted the Christians. But Christ revealed himself for him and talked to him. Then he got something to think of, how could he that was so sure to be right take so wrong? He wanted to do right, according to the law, so in his mind he made a good choice and was free to do it, but he didn’t manage it. Because the law of sin in his body, it fooled him and even used God’s law for it, even though it is good and right. He also said he was sold as a slave.
Judas was a seller, but Jesus chose one who was sold instead of one who sold. He paid the prize for us with his own blood, to by us free from the slavery, so we should belong to him instead.
Apostle Paul said that what the law was powerless to do, God did when Christ died on the cross instead of us, so then the sin in sinfull man was condemned this way. Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, because through him the law of the Spirit of life set him free from the law of sin and death.
This reminds me that God created Adam of the wet soil and breathed into his nostrils the spirit of life, so that he became a living soul. God does his word still in accordance to Genesis 2, for he is the same, but now he has revealed for us that he creates us in Christ; so he creates us in his image.
Apostle Paul said that the Lord is the Spirit, where the Spirit is, there is freedom (2.Kor.3,17-18).
In some context Paul talk about the nature to tell us what is right. In other context he talks about our nature as something eval and wrong. This might be confusing. But he puts it this way, like he is in himself, there is no good. That is how he got to be after the fall of sin. But in Christ he got to be a new creature.
God is Spirit and is supernatural. He will save us in Christ, so that we belong to him. He will rule in our life with his Word and his Spirit. In this way he will make the nature function like he intended when he created it. Who else could say so and do so?
Apostle Paul said that God did not give us a spirit of slavery, but the spirit of childhood, that makes us shout: “Abba, Father”. In this spirit we can come to him with all our needs and desires, for he loves us and cares for us like his children. This is freedom.