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Does Matthew 11:20-24 indicate that Jesus possesses 'Middle knowledge' (knowledge of counterfactuals of freedom)?

Matthew 11:20-24 (ESV): 20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the ...
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How were the elect elected in Romans 11:7?

Romans 11:7 (ESV): 7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, How were the elect of Israel elected? Why were the rest not elected?
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When it comes to rejecting / accepting the Gospel, are we always obedient to God?

In Romans 11:7-10 (NASB) 7 What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written: “God gave them a spirit ...
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How can we make sense of God's repentance and grief (Genesis 6:6) from the viewpoint of His perfect foreknowledge?

For this question, I'm taking it as an axiom that God has perfect foreknowledge of future events (nothing extraordinary to be honest -- most hold this view). Genesis 6:6 (YLT) tells us the following: ...
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How to understand God's testing of our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:4) in light of His omniscience?

1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (ESV): 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak,...
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Is God's foreknowledge (1 Peter 1) compatible with the belief in libertarian free will?

Foreknowledge is mentioned twice in the first chapter of 1 Peter. The first instance is found in 1 Peter 1:1-2 regarding the elect exiles: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect ...
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Do the 'vessels of wrath' have libertarian free will?

Romans 9:14-24 (ESV): 14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I ...
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If an individual sins because God “hardened their heart”, does that make God the direct responsible of the sin (i.e. a sinner)? [closed]

In the Bible we find passages such as: Exodus 7:3-4 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 4 he will not listen to you. Exodus 11:9-10 9 The Lord ...
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Free Will in the Old Testament

I'm trying to understand how the old testament understands the nature of Human Will. I don't see any direct references to free will. By free will, I mean that individual humans are the capable of ...
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What is the meaning of “The days” in Psalm 139:16?

"And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me," N.K.J.V. If David believed some of his days had been fashioned by God, he might, I suggest, have not included the day when "Then ...