I believe that God knows all that IS, not all that IS NOT YET. At one time it was standard, but today some people reject the Greek philosophical framework that distorts the message of Christianity, freedom to choose being one. Open Theology is one attempt to reform Christian thinking in this way.
Jesus is fully human and fully God. He is not a bifurcated person, half human and half God…
You are right, God can do whatever God chooses to do, regardless of what we think, but God does not. God is way above our pay grade, but God has revealed to God’s people that God is Love and acts in a loving manner. We are authorized and mandated to say this.
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Not so. At the time you make a choice you are completely free to make whatever choice you want to. The fact that God already knows what you are going to choose doesn’t influence your choice.
If you maintain that God’s knowledge is passive, which is a valid position, then you indicate that God is just an observer and not a participant in reality. Then God could create the universe and moral law and then watch how it all works out, knowing how it would end. That would result in freedom of choice, but not in the Kingdom of God.
This is the real problem of this position. It is so intent in protecting God’s Power and Knowledge, it sacrifices God’s Love.
If YHWH sent Moses back to Egypt to rescue the Hebrews from slavery, how is God outside human influence? If God so loved the world that God the Father sent the Son, how is God outside human influence? If God heard my cry and stooped down to save me from the power of sin and death, how is God outside of my influence. If our prayers fall on deaf ears, then indeed we don’t have free will.