Q. Re: Our Al Knowing God. You stated that “we won’t die until the days ordained for us have all been fulfilled.” Also, “I believe God foreknew which of us would choose to accept the pardon He purchased for us (Romans 8:29-30), and therefore we couldn’t die before making that choice.” The question of babies aborted (whether “naturally” or forced) comes to my mind, and leaves me wondering how all this fits for them.
Also, your statement that “None of this is meant to imply that God chooses who will be born…” brings up another question. Does this mean that Psalm 139 comes into effect “after” the joining of the sperm and egg? And how those two did join is perhaps a “chance” action? I’ve wondered about this for some time, what with having 5 children.
A. When God told Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28) He was establishing the process we call procreation. That means He was no longer directly involved in creating humans but would allow us to bring children into the world independently.
In effect Psalm 139 tells us life begins at conception, and that’s the point at which God comes to know us. Whether a person is aborted before being born or lives for 100 years, the Lord knew the number of their days before one of them came to be.
In its simplest terms, God knew about us before He created Adam, but He knew us personally from the moment of conception. He knows who will be aborted and he knows how long each person who is born will live. He knows which of us will choose to accept the pardon He purchased for us at the cross, and He has already reserved a place for us in His kingdom.
(Remember, those who die between the moment of conception and the point at which they become accountable for their sins already belong to God and do not need to be pardoned. David (2 Sam. 12:22-23) and Paul (Romans 7:9) both spoke of this.)