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If God knows what we are going to do, he has no right to reward the good and punish the wicked (35 marks)

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If God knows what we are going to do, he has no right to reward the good and punish the wicked (35 marks) First let us consider whether God has the right to reward or punish anyway. This assumes God has a complete and perfect understanding of human morals, and that the human concepts of 'good' and 'evil' are identical to him. This seems unlikely given that he is not equivocal to us, but is permissible for the monotheistic Abrahamic God as "God made man in his image" (Genesis), therefore has the same concepts. Reward and Punishment are integral concepts to what Psychologists call Operant Conditioning; if you touch a burning flame, you brain punishes you with the pain sensation as this behaviour is detrimental to the body. ...read more.

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and if so why does he not do this? Furthermore, if he can interfere with the world but chooses not to, allowing us our free will, he is logically responsible for evil and so can neither blame nor punish us. This is the same as if I saw a man about to rape a woman, and I possessed sufficient force to stop him, but chose to not act saying that both the man and the woman had to learn the extent of their free will and choose to be good like me. He chose not to help us, and gives us an unproductive punishment in Hell. So If God knows what we are going to do, does he have the right to reward and punish? ...read more.

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If the is within the same time scale with us and experiences time linearly as we do, not knowing the future as that is logically impossible, then he does not know what we are going to do and discovers with us. He knows the logical extrapolation of every free choice and necessity in the world, as Boethius had it. So he could step in and change the future but chooses not to. As explained above, he is thus responsible and unable to judge lest ye be judged. In conclusion, God never has the right to reward/punish, because if he knows the future there is no other option for humankind regardless whether God says what will happen or merely knows it. Rewarding and Punishing assumes there are alternative actions. And if God does not know the future, then he can logically intervene and so takes all responsibility for the event, so cannot judge. ...read more.

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