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Islam and Free Will

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Submitted by Rich (United States), Nov 29, 2009 at 13:19

Islam says that man has a free will but that God already knows the future. The same as Calvinism. However, true Christianity says that man has a free will but that God DOES NOT know the outcome before it happens, in spite of His omniscience.

This is the core difference.

Belief in God's foreknowledge of events can be used to rationalize ANY BEHAVIOR that Islam promotes as "God's Will", no matter what it is.... Jihad, murder, whatever. And I'm not saying that "Christians" haven't done these things, either. But if they did they weren't Christians at all, and that includes the popes who sanctioned that behavior.

True Christianity has no such imprimatur, no such get out of jail free card, and so Islam has the advantage of being able to justify ANYTHING IT WANTS because, hey! "It's God's Will"! How convenient is THAT? "Hey, guys, we got a free pass and more than 70 virgins waiting! Let's do it!"

God's prior foreknowledge of events justifies Islam. No such convenience allows Christians such irresponsibility because FREE WILL IS REAL and God does not know the future before it happens. Kind of ruins the jihad party, doesn't it?


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