Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Emergent Monday: Dumbing Down God

Open Theism is a new term (invented in 1980) for an old heresy  Open theists do not believe that God does not know the future; rather, that the future does not exist to be known by anyone. For the open theist, the future simply has not happened yet, not for anyone, and thus, is unknowable in the common sense.

In essence the Open Theist is saying that "If I can't see the future, how can someone as insignificant as God see the future?" That is kind of roughly put, but actually very accurate. These theological magicians are telling us that God is not omnipotent because he gave us free will so how could he possibly predict what we're going to do? They base their beliefs on Scriptures which describe God "changing his mind" One of the verses they use to back up their claims is Genesis 22:12
He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
One can only wonder why these people who hold this up to show that God doesn't actually know everything didn't stop to ponder "Was God testing Abraham's faith in God for His own education, or was God showing Abraham's faith in God to Abraham?" Here's another question I'd like to hear a good answer to from an Open Theology proponent: "If God can't see the future, what is with all this Bible Prophesy?"

Biblical prophesy is rightly called "The atheist's nightmare" Jean Dixon's predictions were accurate about 10% of the time, Nostradamus didn't make that. The only reason why you hear of Nostradamus is because he made so many predictions and wrote them in such an odd code language that you can never be sure if his predictions are right or not. (That and he was so weird that his story practically writes itself - perfect for lazy History Channel writers) Biblical prophesy, on the other hand, is always obvious and always 100% accurate. 

My next question to the Open Theology  what's with all these requirements for accuracy in prophesy if God can't see the future to provide prophesy? The bible itself puts down some pretty firm ground rules for biblical prophesy:
When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:22)
And, of course, the Bible also imposes a penalty for false prophesy:
But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. (Deuteronomy 18:20)
As we know, the wages of sin is death, and here the false prophet receives death for the sin of false prophesy, but how can we have the sin of false prophesy if God can't see the future? The emergent church really likes the open theology view, and now we know why the emergent church doesn't want you studying bible prophesy, because if you know how accurate bible prophesy is, you'll realize how inaccurate the heresy of open theology really is.

Brethren, all that open theology boils down to is another attempt for Satan to undermine the Glory of God in our eyes, to "dumb down" THE Supreme Being and to drive a wedge between us and our King. 

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