Bible Question:

If God is all knowing, then would God know, for example, that Hilter was going to be an evil man before he was born? Why would God create Hilter (a perfect being at birth) knowing that he would grow up to become evil? God gave us a choice, but how can we have choice if He already knows what a person will be during their life on earth? It seems everything is already mapped out. It would seem that there are no surprises for God if He is all knowing. He would already know which of His children will come to Him and who will not.

Bible Answer:

God is all knowing. He knows the beginning to the end. God planned some of the events in our life.

. . . You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. (NASB) James 4:2-3

The passage simply says that God does not give us somethings because we have not asked. Everything in this life is not planned. We can change some things by asking.

Are We Perfect

But He has not planned or determined everything in our life. For example, He has not planned our sins. He has not planned every detail of our life. The evil we do is our choice. Since the first man Adam sinned, each person who is born into this world has inherited his nature. We are all born as sinners. He knows what kind of person we are from our birth. We are evil people – sinners.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. (NASB) Ps. 51:5

Each of us has a unique character or bent to our personality at birth. But it needs to change because it is crooked. Proverbs 22:6 is a very familiar passage to many. It tells us each child is born into this world with an unique personality or character that needs to be changed.

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (NASB) Prov. 22:6

The actual Hebrew rendering is not usually given in the English. But it is important to understand this often misunderstood passage. It sounds like broken English, but here it is:

Train a youth upon the mouth of his way and when old will not turn away from.

Proverbs 22:6 actually has the word “mouth” in the original Hebrew. The idea is of a youth starting at the beginning of the “mouth of a road” – the start of the road of life. When a child is born into this world, he or she has a personality bent. Part of that bent is evil. Part of that bent is certain attitudes, certain preferences, and desires that if not changed could result in an unpleasant type of person. It seems best to understand the passage to say that if a child’s character or bent is left unchanged, that is how he/she will be turn out when older. We are sinners from birth, and each of us needs to be changed.

All Is Not Planned

No one is born perfect. Hitler was born just like us – a sinner. He made choices according to his bent and we know the result. God also knows that most of us will die as evil people because many will reject God – Jesus Christ. Each of us has a choice to believe or not believe in Jesus Christ. This is clear since God commands us to believe in Jesus Christ. Why give us a command? It sounds like we have a decision to make.

This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. (NASB) 1 John 3:23

Some have asked, “If God causes me to believe, then what is there for me to do?” The answer is that if you believe in Jesus Christ and you want Him as your savior, then God has been at work, and scripture says you are a Christian. You also obeyed the command. This is a paradox – a paradox that only God understands. We will not discuss it further since “What is the role of man and God in salvation?” has already addressed the paradox.


Not every decision and event in our lives is planned by God. Yet He does make some of the decisions for us. He works directly on us through our circumstances. If God did not direct us or help us, our lives would be worse than they are.

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. (NASB) Ps. 127:1-2

Mysteriously, God helps us and enables us in life. He uses our parents, our education, the success on our jobs, and our spouses and children, for example. I have been amazed in my own life with some the events that God has brought my way. He has brought great joy into my life and better blessings than I have even imagined. I have brought Him great grief. I thank God that He is in control of my life and that I am not alone. I regret my sins and the disappointments that I have caused Him. I do not want to be independent of Him. Independence is a mark of a non-Christian.

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