During a bible study session,an avid “bible seeker” asked,”If God is omniscient (& yes,I believe that is His)how come He didn’t see satan’s plot to ‘overthrow Him’ in heaven,which led to the first heavenly war? Can anyone offer an answer? Pls?
@Gigi The seeker is assuming that if God did know He would not have created satan. However, that assumption is wrong - God could have had a reason for allowing evil. You might ask this seeker a few questions to see if they already intuitively know the answer, such as:
- Do you believe God can use evil for good? (for example, Joseph being thrown into a hole by his brothers and sold into slavery)
- What if God did know that satan would rebel and men would fall? Do you believe it is possible God could have a purpose in all of it of which we are unaware? What are some possible purposes you can think of?
- Has suffering ever been used for good in your own life? How?
What are some additional questions you think might get him to think through this on his own?
If he does not intuitively know, some of these resources may be helpful. Christ grant you wisdom
Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga provides an illustration to address the above flaw in reasoning. “If you look into your pup-tent for a St. Bernard, and you don’t see one, it is reasonable to assume that there is no St. Bernard in your tent. But if you look into your pup tent for a ‘no-see-um’ (an extremely small insect with a bite out of all proportion to its size) and you don’t see any, it is not reasonable to assume that they are not there. Because, after all, no one can see 'em. Many assume that if there were good reasons for the existence of evil, they would be accessible to our minds, more like St. Bernards than like no-see-ums, but why should that be the case?”
Gigi you can let your friend know that Bible tells in Revelation 13:8 “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
So this verse is an evidence of God’s thoughts about allowing Satan to cause humanity’s “ fall”.
Therefore fall and salvation of humans are not an afterthought but God’s planned events even before the foundations of earth were being laid.