Friday, January 12, 2018

Is open theism fibbing?

Can the God of open theism sincerely promise to save anyone? Since he doesn't know what free agents will do, a Christian could go to heaven, then lose his salvation. Eternity is a long time. If the saints have libertarian freedom, what's to prevent them from committing apostasy in heaven? According to freewill theism, Christians can lose their salvation in this life, and the lifespan of human mortals is dwarfed by eternity. If there's always an element of contingency, if there's always the possibility of falling, and you combine a possibility with infinite time, infinite opportunity, then is it not inevitable that the agent will sometimes choose to go one way rather than another? But in that event, since the open theist God can't know if the saints will persevere, how can he honestly promise everlasting life? 

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