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    Quote Originally Posted by kmoney
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    The most common "unfulfilled" prophecy that I hear is the story of Jonah and Nineveh because Jonah says the city will be destroyed in 40 days and then it isn't destroyed because the people repend. I do not see this as an unfulfilled prophecy. I also believe that God's foreknowledge fits in with this story. God could know the people on Ninenveh would repent, but God still needed to interact with Jonah because without Jonah going the people would not have repented. You might say that if God knew the people would repent when Jonah went to them than why would God not simply tell Jonah the people WOULD repent instead of leaving that information out. God did this because it was a lesson for Jonah. If Jonah KNEW the people would repent it would not have taught him anything. He would have not increased his faith and trust in God.

    Honestly I'm not sure what other unfulfilled prophecies Open Theists use, but my guess is you could apply God's foreknowledge to them in the same way I just did with Jonah.

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    How about this one...

    Joshua 3:10
    And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clete
    How about this one...

    Joshua 3:10
    And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:
    Thank you Clete. I'll read over this and think about it.....I'll take more also if you have them

    Kevin

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    sorry if this is off topic, but are there any good books anyone could reccomend on this topic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefalobilly
    sorry if this is off topic, but are there any good books anyone could reccomend on this topic?
    Do you mean Open Theism?

    The God Who Risks is an excellent one.

    There are many more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beefalobilly
    sorry if this is off topic, but are there any good books anyone could reccomend on this topic?
    What topic specifically?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight
    What topic specifically?
    Open theism, I'd never even heard about it until a couple monthes ago on this site If not specifically about open theism, maybe something about the debate between OT, calivinism, and arminianism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefalobilly
    Open theism, I'd never even heard about it until a couple monthes ago on this site If not specifically about open theism, maybe something about the debate between OT, calivinism, and arminianism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight
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    Quote Originally Posted by beefalobilly
    Open theism, I'd never even heard about it until a couple monthes ago on this site If not specifically about open theism, maybe something about the debate between OT, calivinism, and arminianism.
    dont forget Molinism Which, in my humble opinion, is the solution to the debate.

    peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clete
    How about this one...

    Joshua 3:10
    And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:
    Clete,
    sorry for taking so long to respond.....

    Well, clearly that didn't happen in entirety. I do not believe, however, that this can't fit into the belief that God has foreknowledge. Some places it says they "did not" drive the inhabitants out and some places it says they "could not" and I didn't see much explanation for why they either did not or could not drive them out, but I guess that doesn't necessarily matter because the question is IF it happened, not why it didn't happen. So anyway....no, that didn't come to complete fulfillment, but I still believe that God could have known that it wouldn't happen. Almost immediately that verse wasn't going to happen completely because the Israelites made a pact with the people from Gibeon. I believe God would have followed through with the verse in question, but it didn't happen because of the Israelites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmoney
    Clete,
    sorry for taking so long to respond.....

    Well, clearly that didn't happen in entirety. I do not believe, however, that this can't fit into the belief that God has foreknowledge. Some places it says they "did not" drive the inhabitants out and some places it says they "could not" and I didn't see much explanation for why they either did not or could not drive them out, but I guess that doesn't necessarily matter because the question is IF it happened, not why it didn't happen. So anyway....no, that didn't come to complete fulfillment, but I still believe that God could have known that it wouldn't happen. Almost immediately that verse wasn't going to happen completely because the Israelites made a pact with the people from Gibeon. I believe God would have followed through with the verse in question, but it didn't happen because of the Israelites.
    Why it didn't happen is irrelivent isn't it?
    It seems pretty black and white to me. If God knew in advance that He wasn't going to drive them out, for Him to say that He would do so "with out fail" would have been a lie. So either God doesn't have exhaustive foreknowledge or He lied in this passage. What other option is there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clete
    Why it didn't happen is irrelivent isn't it?
    It seems pretty black and white to me. If God knew in advance that He wasn't going to drive them out, for Him to say that He would do so "with out fail" would have been a lie. So either God doesn't have exhaustive foreknowledge or He lied in this passage. What other option is there?

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    Clete,
    Why it didn't happen is irrelivent isn't it?
    I already said that, I guess you missed it.
    It seems pretty black and white to me. If God knew in advance that He wasn't going to drive them out, for Him to say that He would do so "with out fail" would have been a lie. So either God doesn't have exhaustive foreknowledge or He lied in this passage. What other option is there?
    God WOULD have done it without fail. The fact that it didn't happen doesn't make him a liar. God would have given the land completely to His people, but they didn't take what was already theirs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmoney
    Clete,

    I already said that, I guess you missed it.
    No I didn't miss it, you just said it and then started giving reasons why it didn't happen the way God said it would, as you've just done again...

    God WOULD have done it without fail. The fact that it didn't happen doesn't make him a liar. God would have given the land completely to His people, but they didn't take what was already theirs.
    I agree with you completely here but the point is that in regards to whether or not God has exhaustive foreknowledge this is completely irrelivent. In fact, your reasoning here could only make sense if God did not have exhaustive foreknowledge because regardless of why God didn't do as He said (which we both agree was for good and righteous reasons), if He had known in advance what was going to happen then for Him to have said that He would do otherwise "without fail" would have been a lie. The only way to get God off the hook for lying is to concede that He did not KNOW the future exhaustively. Not that it's necessary to assume that the events that unfolded caught Him completely by surprise, He may well have anticipated the possibility but if He KNEW absolutely what would happen then this passage in Joshua is a big problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by insolafide
    dont forget Molinism Which, in my humble opinion, is the solution to the debate.

    peace.
    Have you ever read Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views?

    In his opening paragraph to his response to the Middle-Knowledge View or Molinist View, Gregory Boyd said this...


    Reading William Lane Craig's fine essay reminded me a just how close Molinism is to the open view. Indeed, I shall argue the view that has come to be labeled open theism could perhaps more accurately be labeled neo-Molinism. In essence it differs from the classical Molinist position only in that it expands the content of God's middle knowledge to include "might-counterfactuals." In this response I hope to show that this modification allows the open view to avoid problems which attend the classical Molinist view while preserving its explanatory power.
    (from "Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views", page 144)

    If you have read it, I'd be interested in your thoughts concerning Boyd's response. If you haven't read it, you should.

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    I just started rereading the book. I concur that neo-Molinism has more strengths and less weaknesses than Molinism. The discussions in academic circles become very technical and beyond most of our expertise. If Molinism concludes that exhaustive foreknowledge is compatible with libertarian freedom, which I think it does, then it needs tweaking. "Middle knowledge" still should be considered possible vs actual before contingencies become certain after the choice (especially related to remote/distant vs proximal/near knowledge...God's perfect past and present knowledge make predictions more probable closer to actual choices).
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