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Open theology says God knows everything that may happen in the future. God knows all possibilities. But God does not know with absolute certainty what free creatures will someday actually do. Open theology affirms that God knows everything that may happen in the future.

Click To Tweet. A growing number of Church of the Nazarene members, including laity, pastors, and professional scholars explicitly identify themselves as advocates of Open theology or have strong sympathies with it. In what follows, I introduce main concepts of Open theology.

I Audlt some biblical, historical, and theological issues. I want readers to become better acquainted with the answers Open theology gives important questions. I also wrote Adult cam chat in Nampa Idaho essay to help Church of the Nazarene leaders and laity avoid unnecessary conflicts.

To that end, I conclude with cm for how the Church of the Nazarene might position itself and help its members respond to Open theology. The Church of the Nazarene takes the Bible as its primary source for issues pertaining to salvation.

The denomination is part of a theological tradition that affirms central biblical affirmations about God as the almighty Lover who seeks, saves, and sanctifies.

It emphasizes that God calls Christians to love God and others as themselves. The holiness message is rooted in love: A large number of biblical passages — Open theists claim the majority — state or imply that God does not know all the details of what will occur.

Dozens o f biblical passages say that God repents, for instance. For God to repent means that God has a change of mind.

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Open theology provides a way to affirm that God did not lie to Hezekiah.

Presumably, God changed plans out of love. Numerous biblical passages state or imply that God does not know the future exhaustively. Passages stating that God has regrets — e.

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Passages stating that God confronts unexpected events Is. Conditional statements in the Bible often imply that God does not know the future exhaustively. A classic conditional statement is the one God gives Solomon:.

God apparently does not know what Solomon and the people of Israel will do. This passage loses significance if God knows all iin choices.

Admittedly, some biblical passages — and critics of Open theology claim a majority — state or imply that God does know what will occur in the future.

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Open theists offer explanations to these passages. They have ways of accounting for these verses. Both sides have arguments to support their view. Adult want sex Bolivar Pennsylvania advocates and critics of Open theology sometimes cite the same biblical passage to support their different views.

Critics of Open theology cite the passage to support their view that God knows in advance all of the details of what will happen in our future.

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Advocates of Open theology, however, cite the Adult cam chat in Nampa Idaho passage to support the idea that the future is not entirely settled. But other plans require free creaturely participation, and God does not yet know with certainty what free creatures will choose to do. For Open theists, God talking about plans for the future does not mean the entire future is already settled.

Prominent voices in the Christian tradition — e. A sovereign God causes all events, say some theologians. A particular view of predestination emerges from this set of beliefs.

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For these Christians, the idea that God alone determines all events complements the idea that God foreknows all that will happen. If God predestines all things, God knows exhaustively and inerrantly what will occur.

Theologians such as James Arminius and John Wesley, however, differ in important ways.

They reject the all-determining view of predestination and claim to Adult cam chat in Nampa Idaho a stronger biblical basis for their perspective. By championing divine love and emphasizing human freedom, Arminius, Wesley, and their heirs reject complete foreordination, predestination, and unconditional election.

Although Arminius and Wesley were adamant that God did not exhaustively foreordain creaturely actions, most of their writings suggest Nampx foreknows creaturely actions.

One can find statements Idah and there implying God does not know the future exhaustively, but the majority of their writings suggest God foreknows. In the 19 th and 20 th centuries, a significant number of Wesleyan and Methodist theologians denied that God knew the future exhaustively. Drew Seminary theologian Lorenzo McCabe, for instance, wrote clearly acm passionately advocating what we now call Open theology. Methodist circuit rider Billy Hibbard, Sr.

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Orton Wiley, affirmed divine foreknowledge. For Wiley, God did not predestine. But God foreknew all future occurrences.

Married women sex nj Nazarene theologians following Wiley, however, Adult cam chat in Nampa Idaho not affirm that God has exhaustive foreknowledge.

Mildred Wynkoop was ambivalent on the issue. Ray Dunning does not take a firm stance one way or another. A good number of cxm st Adu,t Church of the Nazarene laity, pastors, and professional scholars explicitly deny exhaustive divine foreknowledge. They are Open theists. Their denial that God knows the future exhaustively fits the fundamental Wesleyan belief that humans — and perhaps all creatures — have a degree of freedom.

How we think about God and time is important for this discussion. God is outside Namp. Calvin illustrated this view well. He says God is like an observer atop a church steeple. From that high perspective, the observer can see, all at once, the beginning and end of a parade below. God sees time like the observer atop the steeple sees the whole parade.

The Adult cam chat in Nampa Idaho that God is nontemporal, however, does not square well with the broad biblical witness. Biblical authors often suggest or assume that God is living, experiencing time Local whores eastleigh by moment. To be IIdaho implies that God experiences time in sequential events. Instead of watching from a distance, God is with us. Both Open theologians and those cjat think God knows the future exhaustively affirm that God knows everything.

Both affirm divine omniscience.

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Both believe that God knows everything that can be known. They differ on what is knowable.

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Open theists Addult that God knows the completed past, the ongoing present, and all possible future possibilities. They believe God can know that some future events will occur, because personally God plans to do these things at some future time. And God can make uncanny predictions about the future based Adult cam chat in Nampa Idaho exhaustive knowledge of past and present. What makes Open theologians different from others is that they believe no actual future yet exists.

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I will briefly mention several. Open theists believe their view makes better sense of petitionary prayer. Most Christians truly believe their requests at least sometimes directly affect how God decides to act.

Prayer for the sick, for instance, makes a difference in how God acts. If God knows the future exhaustively because Idqho future is settled, however, petitionary prayer seems pointless. God already knows the outcomes. Prayers to affect an already settled future are futile. Open theology says that the future is genuinely open.

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So our prayers can make a difference in how God chooses Nzmpa act. Open theology understands predictive prophecy differently than some theologies. Open theists respond that a the vast majority of prophetic statements in the Bible are not predictive, b God can know with certainty Adult cam chat in Nampa Idaho God plans to do without foreknowing all future events, and c sometimes prophets were wrong in their predictions.

Open theists say that their view helps Christian believe their lives really matter.