Why would God create a soul he knows will go to Hell?
Iuvenalis Wrote:So, I'm just saying, if God knows what a soul (with free will) will do, he could just not bring said soul into being. It's not the same as forcing you to do something it is only making those he knows will persevere finally.

How about this ...

When God creates a soul He knows in advance (as it were) whether that soul will go to Heaven or Hell.  In this sense, we are all predestined.

However, once created, these souls do not simply glide straight to their final destination in a kind of bubble, unaffected by any external circumstances & influences.  How a soul reacts to external circumstances & influences determines where it will end up.  And the most important of these circumstances & influences are its interactions with other souls in this life.

Given this, one can envisage a situation in which God creates Soul A (which is hellbound) because He also knows in advance that its interaction with Soul B will be the catalyst that enables Soul B to get to Heaven.  For example, an individual might be so horrified at another's evil acts that he is moved to amend his own life and so escapes Hell himself.

Thus Soul A's damnation is the price of Soul B's salvation.  Is this price worth paying?  We would have to say yes because we know God is good & just and we are in no position to pass moral judgement on God.

What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction, that he might shew the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he hath prepared unto glory? - Romans 9:22, 23

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Re: Why would God create a soul he knows will go to Hell? - by Cambrensis - 02-19-2010, 04:38 PM

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