You posted an excellent question, and one that I have struggled with. I know I am stepping into the middle of a conversation, but I would like to answer your question to the best of my ability.
Andrus wrote:Rhuiden that was something that bother me a little with the fact that God is consider to be omniscient. My soul (considering that I have one for the sake of discussion) was made by God, I presume that was made with some intention as I canâ€™t see God acting by a mood. God when made it knew exactly the way He want it, knew exactly what kind of environment it would be exposed, and as He knows everything it must have known that I would be come an atheist, so how it is my choice that in your point of view will led me to eternal punishment?
Basically I canâ€™t consolidate both concepts, free will and God being omniscient. I know that this is it a little off the original discussion in this post but follows naturally from the point that the post it is now.
First I must say that I do believe in eternal punishment, and it is one of my least favorite concepts in the bible. I don't like it at all, nonetheless, it is what the bible teaches.
For me (as well as you) I guess the issue comes down to this: If God made me this way, how can he damn me??
The answer is a bit more complex than the question, but to boil it down to it's essence, the fact that you are asking this question, illustrates your choice.
Here is what the bible teaches:
God desires ALL men (and women) to be saved, that is, to come into fellowship with Him, by His Son's sacrifice on the cross. This salvation has nothing to do with anything that I have done to earn God's favor, it has everything to do with how I respond to His Son.
God then gives us the choice: Accept His Son, or don't accept His Son. For those who DO accept His Son, God offers salvation (both temporally to a degree, but most importantly eternally). To those who DON'T accept His Son....God continues to offer the choice.
The fact that we are having this conversation, is merely another offer of God's grace to you. Ultimately the choice is yours, to respond, or not to respond. God did not make us automatons. He does give us a very real choice. However, when we make that choice, it never catches Him by suprise!
Does this make any sense to you at all? Or does it merely sound like semantics? My challenge to you is....test Him at His word. Get a bible, read it. Find the holes and the problems in it. Look at it for what it is.....a book of Faith. I truly believe that the genuine can be tested. For me, when I became a Christian, I refused to commit intellectual su1cide. At the same time, I do have to balance faith with fact. Personally I like to lean on fact, but there is a point where faith truly does have to happen.
For me, faith happened when I quit meth. I was a meth addict who had tried to quit numerous times on my own. When I hit bottom, and asked God for help to quit....I was amazed that it actually happened. I was quite dumbfounded, as were all the people around me. One typically does not go from being a meth addict into a non-user in a day. But that is what happened with me. For me this was a proof (i.e. fact) of God's existence. I responded in faith, and my life has never been the same. That is not to say there are not still days that suck, nor days that I swear far too much, or blow my top, but it is to say that overall, the pattern and path of my life has changed immeasurable.
Hope this helps make some sense of the issue to you. FWIW, I am NOT trying to actively convert you, I am merely telling you what I know to be true in my own life a I experienced it. Whether or not what I have to say has any impact on you is entirely your choice!