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  1. Hello.

    God has no contradictions, no shadow of them. But can the created mind understand the Infinite? It can't possibly be. We can only partially know.

    The Apostle Paul says: We are co-workers with God (First Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 3).

    God knows everything. He gives us everything we need for salvation. We must work hard to earn this salvation from the Lord. It is conditional to earn it, because the merciful Lord does everything, but we only fulfill a small fraction entrusted to us. And as we respond, so we will receive from the Lord – justification or condemnation.

    Whoever does evil acts within the limits given by God, and cannot violate God's Providence. But he angers God (i.e., falls under His righteous judgment), because he does not do what pleases the Lord. But this cannot destroy the way of God. For men only work out for themselves salvation or condemnation, according to their own will, which is both free and fully known to God. The whole order of life is in the hands of the Almighty, and no one can break it.

    So you can say with an example. The horse is driving a sledge, and the ants are trying – each in its own direction-to move the sledge. But what is an ant compared to a horse? The sledge goes there, where it takes, where the driver orders. And ants only show arbitrariness. Good ants who helped the horse will be rewarded for their diligence, and evil ants will be punished. The sledge will still arrive where the driver needs it.

    God help us!

  2. This paradox is contrived by people because of a wrong understanding of the omniscience of God.

    There is no future, and absolutely no one knows what each individual will do.

    God is omniscient, because He knows absolutely everything that happens in the world, He observes all events, and He knows all the secrets and thoughts of intelligent beings.

    “Look at the sky: who created all the stars, who is the Creator of the heavenly armies? Who knows any star by name? The true God is mighty, and no star can be lost” (Isaiah 40: 26, Modern Translation by WBTC)

    “By His Word the stars were created, and He knows the number of the stars.He beholds the abysses and the hidden things in them; He has measured the sea and what is in it. By His word He shut up the sea in the midst of the waters, and hung the earth on the waters.He stretched out the sky as a tent, and founded it on the waters. He placed springs of water in the desert and lakes on the tops of mountains to bring down rivers from high rocks to water the earth. He created man, and placed his heart in the midst of his body, and put into him the spirit, the life, and the mind, and the breath of God Almighty, Who created all things, and beholds all that is hidden in the hidden places of the earth. He knows your purpose and what you think in your hearts when you sin and want to hide your sins. Therefore the Lord sees all your works very clearly … “(3 Esdr. 16:57-65)

    There is nothing that the Lord does not know is taking place. But there is no future.

    The future is only a further process of life.

    What will be our future life depends only on our actions, which determine our future. And what our actions will be, it's up to us to decide.

    No one is born with a certain scenario of fate. The Bible doesn't teach this.

    None of us is born doomed to eternal hell, because Jesus Christ died for all, so that absolutely every person could inherit eternal life (Heb. 2: 9, 1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:5, etc.) and “… God made man righteous, and men went into many thoughts” (Eccl. 7: 29).

    The Scripture says: “You love everything that exists, and you do not abhor anything that you have created, for You would not have created it if you had hated it” (Prem. 11: 25), and, consequently, the Lord cannot create anything evil, devilish, which even at its creation is subject to eternal torment and has the same fate as the devil in the lake of fire.

    A person has the freedom to choose and make independent decisions that determine their future: “I call heaven and earth to witness before you today: I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life, that you and your descendants may live” (Deut 30: 19).

    The Lord can test a person to test their faithfulness:” … do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God and have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me ” (Gen. 22:12).

    Many other passages of Scripture show that a person has freedom of choice, that omniscience of God does not imply knowledge of the entire future of each individual person, that each of us is free to build our own future by our own actions, and that there is no fate (which, by the way, originated in paganism).

    Peace be upon you and God's blessings.

  3. “May Abu Lahab's hands wither, and he is already lost. / / / His wealth did not help him, and he did not gain anything. / / / He will fall into a fiery Fire. /// / His wife will carry wood, / / / and around her neck will be a braided rope of palm fibers.”(Surah “Palm fibers”, verses 1 to 5).

    Abu Lahab was the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and one of his most ardent opponents among the Quraysh polytheists.

    The above verses were revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) during the lifetime of Abu Lahab. In them, Allaah informed the Muslims in advance that Abu Lahab would go to Hell. Abu Lahab knew about these verses. To refute them, he would only need to say sincerely: “La ilaha illa Llah” (There is no god worthy of worship except Allah). It takes only three seconds to say it, and Abu Lahab lived for another ten years after the revelation of the above verses!.. He was free to say “La ilaha illa Llah” or not, but he did not say it for the next ten years. Even after the revelation of the above verses, Allah gave Abu Lahab the right to choose and a sufficient period of time to repent and atone for his sins, but at the same time He saw in advance what choice he would make and how he would use the time allotted to him. So I have revealed this surah.

    As you can see, the omniscience of Allah does not prevent Him from showing mercy to His slaves and giving them free will in this world.

  4. Let's resolve it.

    Imagine a blank sheet of paper – this is the future. Рисунок Drawing on paper – these are events that occur. A person by his actions (and in particular by his free will) forms a drawing on blank paper of the future. God knows all the possible options for drawing on paper. For example, a person is standing in front of me and I choose to kill him or leave him alive. In this case, there are two possible futures – where I killed the man and where I left him alive. What kind of drawing I will draw on paper is up to me, God only knows all the possible drawings that I can draw based on my free will.

  5. Yes.

    We are shooting one day of a person's life on video. Viewing it. The second time we watch this video, we will know what will happen next and how the day will end, but the character in the video is still acting freely.

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