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Thursday, February 22, 2007

God at Risk?

From John Piper:
Why is there such a thing as risk? The reason there is such a thing as risk is that there is such a thing as ignorance. If there were no ignorance there would be no risk. Risk is possible because we don't know how things will turn out.

This means that God can take no risks. He knows the outcome of all his choices before they happen. And since he knows the outcome of all his actions before they happen, he plans accordingly. His omniscience rules out the very possibility of taking risks.
Whether an open theist or a men's author trying to rile men up for action, it is important that we counter this point when it is made. God makes sacrifices, but He does not take risks. He knows the outcome before it happens.

While God does call us to take risks for the gospel, He Himself, is not a risky God. He did not offer His Son hoping that people would respond and receive His gift. He offered His Son, with His elect in mind, knowing He would draw them to Himself.


  • At 9:28 PM, Blogger ~d said…

    i had never thought about the risk/ignorance connection before.

    i like that.


  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger zachfisher said…

    a great reminder that we shouldn't be forgetting

  • At 2:31 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    if it is a reminder...then you've already forgotten! :-)


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