Specifically pertaining to an ‘Arminian’ perspective on it. (sorry for the label… I dislike them as well). Anyhow, I had been ‘reformed’ for years and recently read John Lennox’s “Determined to Believe?” which surprisingly had the effect of changing my position on multiple doctrines to the point where I can’t rightly call myself reformed anymore.
That being said, there’s still one thing I can’t seem to set straight in my mind and that’s regarding God’s foreknowledge. Taking a non-deterministic/Arminian/free-will approach, let’s say God creates every human with the ability to make all of their own choices including that of accepting/rejecting Christ for salvation.
He would still have known even prior to creating a person whether or not they would wind up accepting or rejecting him would he not? This would still mean that He created them knowing already that they would go to hell right? So whether you hold to deterministic or non-deterministic beliefs, you still wind up in a situation where before anyone was ever created, God still knew exactly who would wind up in heaven and who would wind up in hell. This then opens the door to a flood of other questions which I won’t get into just yet.