God interrogating adam as an evidence for open theism

In Genesis 3, there is a scene in which God asks Adam questions. This narrative is largely ignored by those who claim a classical understanding of omniscience. But an examination of the text shows that this text cannot just be discarded.

Gen 3:9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
Gen 3:10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Gen 3:11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
Gen 3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Gen 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

This scene occurs directly after Adam eats of a fruit that was prohibited by God. Perhaps the sudden appearance of God signifies that He possibly knew Adam’s actions and was bringing Adam to account, although this rendering is not required from the text.

God asks where Adam is. God could have been attempting to make Adam self-identify, which is a strong possibility. It is a common interrogation technique to ask questions for which the answer is already known. This interpretation only works if God does not know how Adam will respond. If God knew “the future” then what possibly could be the purpose of getting Adam to self-identify? God would already know if Adam would self identify or not, rendering the actions meaningless. The tone of the text does not read as if God is just walking through meaningless motions. Usually, the purpose of interrogating suspects (where the answer is already known) is to see if they speak honestly. It is a form of information gathering. Another item of interest is that God acts upon the answers given; where blame was laid, judgment was given.

No matter the spin on these verses, it is hard to deny that God having exhausting knowledge of the future is beyond the realm of the author’s intent.

About christopher fisher

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