Can the God of open theism make mistakes?

Matt Slick

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If the future is open and God does not know it exhaustively, can he goof? Can you expect one thing to happen and something else happens?
 
If the future is open and God does not know it exhaustively, can he goof?

Can you expect one thing to happen and something else happens?

Can God goof? Sure, he's God and has the free will to do whatever he wants.

I'm not sure how exhaustive knowledge of the future is a necessary requirement for somebody to not goof. This appears to be a requirement that man in their own imagination has imposed on God. All it takes to not goof is sufficient knowledge, sufficient wisdom, and sufficient capability.

To answer the question about expectation: Yes, God can passively expect one thing to happen and something else happen. We can delight him, or we can disappoint him and those thoughts and feelings would only be authentic if God was expecting one thing and got another.

Hower God is competent, powerful, and wise, and if he wants something specific to happen he will actively make it happen.
 
If the future is open and God does not know it exhaustively, can he goof?
What would a "goof" look for God? Would we recognize it as a goof or as wisdom?

1 Cor 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Can you expect one thing to happen and something else happens?
That happened to God more than once in the Bible.

  1. At other times God tells us that he is surprised at how things turned out because he expected a different outcome (Isa. 5:3–7; Jer. 3:6-7; 19–20). If the future were eternally and exhaustively settled, everything would come to pass exactly as God eternally knew or determined it to be.

 
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