What are all of the definitions?
I have been searching for a thread that deals with this, so feel free to move if I missed it.
This definition pretty much sums up what I think it means.I have discovered that I have been teaching this for a while now without knowing that it was not traditional.Practically, open theism makes the case for a personal God who is open to influence through the prayers, decisions, and actions of people. Although many specific outcomes of the future are unknowable, God's foreknowledge of the future includes that which is determined as time progresses often in light of free decisions that have been made and what has been sociologically determined. So God knows everything that has been determined as well as what has not yet been determined but remains open. As such, God is able to anticipate the future, yet remains fluid to respond and react to prayer and decisions made either contrary or advantageous to God's plan or presuppositions.(Wikipedia)
To me it is very basic.
God is love. Love requires a choice. God gives us a choice. If God knew exactly what that choice would be, it is no choice. If God determines everything we do, it is no choice. How does that work? God limits his knowledge in that instant of choice. Could he know? Absolutely, if He wanted to destroy that which he created. Does God know what is likely to happen with his limitation in place? Yes.
Why would God do this? Because if God knew everything that was going to happen in every instance there would be no reason for our existence. God's knowledge of every action, every word, every movement would in fact simply make us an extension of God and that would mean that everything we see and know is God and if there were no true choice without God knowing that exact choice then that means that God is evil and not love because that means that God is responsible for everything that happens.
The next is relationship. Any true relationship means that each party can impact or change the other party. If we have a true relationship with God it means that we change God! If God can't be changed by us then there is no relationship other than us as a pawn.
Love requires choice and relationship and both require a God that responds to us and even changes with us. Yes, I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. But that is describing God's unchanging love. Not that God responds to us exactly the same way that he responded to Adam.
So am I way off here? Does this make me a heretic destined for Hell because I believe that God loves me so much he allows me to participate in his creation and be involved in an intimate and loving relationship?