Monday, September 8, 2008

Piper on Open Theism

"How does this worldview help us conceal the idolatry of our soul? It works like this. Open Theism denies that God is the final, purposive disposer of all things (Job 2:10; Amos 3:6; Rom. 8:28; Eph. 1:11). Therefore it asserts that God's wisdom does not hold final sway (Rom. 11:33-36), and thus God is not fulfilling a plan for our good in all our miseries (Jeremiah 29:11; 32:40). Open Theism implies, therefore, that we should not think about the wisdom of God's purpose in causing or permitting our calamities. In other words, Open Theism discourages us from asking what sanctifying purpose God may have in ordaining that our misery come about."
-John Piper

1 comment:

cfg said...

Well, yes. Although he's not quite there. Open Theism doesn't say we shouldn't think about "the wisdom of God's purpose", but it has a different understanding of God's purpose that does not include, as Piper rightly says, "ordaining...misery".