Viewer question to the Chapel, “If God knows all things, why did He tell Adam and Eve not to eat a certain fruit when He knew in advance that they would eat it?”, Murray’s answer: “He didn’t know.”
This is called, Open theism, and it is a heresy.
Open theism is the belief that God does not exercise meticulous control of the universe but leaves it “open” for humans to make significant choices that impact their relationships with God and others. It also teaches that God has not predetermined the future and that God does not know future in completeness. They affirm that God is omniscient, but deny that this means that God knows everything that will happen.
According to the Chapel, God chose not to know whether Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruit. Does the make any sense? Doesn’t the bible teach that God knows the end from the beginning?
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…” – Isaiah 46:10
Murray teaches that God doesn’t know whether the “free-will” crowd will choose to believe or not and their salvation certainly isn’t predetermined. God restrains himself from knowing what they will do or interfering in the process of salvation, the decision completely up to them.
Murray’s “elect” on the other hand, for all intents and purposes have no free-will and were justified in the world that was… coincidentally, Murray’s elect are VERY different than what the bible teaches. He teaches essentially two categories of Christian: the elect and the free will.
The Chapel reasons, “how could a loving God give someone life if He knew in advance was going to have to send them hell?” – for them, this is not possible. So God choses to blind himself in a sense.
Given this may seem a problem for human reasoning it isn’t for God. He knows in advance of creation all things, He ordains all.
Their line of reasoning is thus…
“If God commanded them to not eat it knowing that they would and then allowed them to do it knowing the misery that would ensue then this would make Him evil for not doing anything to prevent the outcome. So God suspends His knowledge to not look evil for allowing it to happen.”
Open theism is heresy and denies the nature, sovereignty and omniscience of God.