Is God in control? If so, what does that mean?

If God is in control, it means that you are Muslim, not Christian. In Islamic theology, it is called Inshallah: Nothing happens without the direct, intervening hand of Allah willing it so. Such as child abuse, rape, the Twin Towers, Trump, Serial killers, and no date for the Prom. Is that a loving God (especially on that last point)?

Nowhere in the Bible does it either state or suggest that God is in control. You can go here to find the very best Christian attempt,by scripture, to support the apostasy that God is control, but once you read them, you will see not one asserts that God is control. Yet before I go any further, try to imagine what it means to say God is in control, considering what you think of as control. Let your child be kidnapped, tortured, and murdered if you could prevent it?

Why does the Bible say that God frequently alters his plans, cancels prophecies in the light of changing circumstances, and speaks about the future as a “maybe,” a “perhaps,” or a “possibility”? Why does Scripture describe God as expressing uncertainty about the future, being disappointed in the way things turn out, and even occasionally regretting the outcome of his own decisions?

If you knew what Satan would do, would you have created him? If God foreknew that Adolf Hitler would send six million Jews to their deaths, why did he go ahead and create a man like that? Is he no complicit? How is God not responsible for the behavior of evil people he “unleashes” on the world if, in fact, he is absolutely certain of what they will do once “unleashed”? If God is eternally certain that various individuals will end up being eternally damned, why does he go ahead and create them? And then try to get them to accept what is the lie of his grace throughout their lives—as though there were genuine hope for them? If the future is exhaustively settled in God’s mind, as the classical view holds, why does the Bible repeatedly describe God changing his mind?

Let us not fall into the trap of putting our trust in the static, pagan concept of a bored deity mindlessly watching his pre-planned scenario unfold, and maybe having to wonder what cosmic tragedy he has assigned to us for our “own good.” He sees the big picture that we as temporal beings cannot, but He makes it clear that He relates to us according to how we see time. We can understand that from statements such as what He said to Abraham in Genesis 22:12, “Now I know that you fear God.…” If words have meanings, up until that moment God did not absolutely know what Abraham, a free will being, would choose to do.

If a person has genuine free will, then his choices cannot be absolutely known in advance of his decisions to make those choices, even by God—unless, of course, He says differently in His Word, which He does not. Did God have a pretty good idea of what Abraham would do? Certainly. He sovereignly chose to relate to mankind as His Word subsequently declares He does, that is, in a “linear” relationship, experiencing time passing with us.

Think of God more like Bobby Fisher. Bobby Fischer was once the world’s greatest chess player. Suppose you sat down to play him in his prime? Any doubt of the outcome? Would Bobby need to know what your moves were before you did? Nope. Why not? Because it wouldn’t matter at all what you did, he’d have a hundred contingency plans for each move you made. After all, he’s Bobby Fischer, the world’s greatest chess player. Ditto for the world’s greatest God!

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