Why 'negative consciousness' makes the idea of predestination very palatable?!
Frank Pio Russo - January 15, 2018.
There have been many theologians (e.g. Calvin), who have wrestled with the idea of predestination: the idea that people are foreordained by God for a particular purpose - whether a righteous or evil one. However the average person has always balked at such a concept because it would make God the author of evil and also responsible for it!
Well as far as I am concerned the real drawback would be that one has presumably first had salvation dangled in front of him, and then is compelled to reject it - and take up evil: this appears unconscionable to me! To avoid this complication, some religions have concocted the notion of God exercising "selective foreknowledge"... in other words God only works out the fate of classes such as "the anointed" and only chooses to foreknow things to do with the outworking of his divine purpose!
This is all very fine so long as one limits God to an 'ignorant' anthropomorphism... however it is obvious that the true God is a 'supercomputer' of sorts, which the Bible terms as "the Holy Spirit" and assures us that the Spirit knows all things - e.g. even the number of hairs on everybody's head! Hence, I believe that despite the ingenuity of the "selective foreknowledge" concept, it does not gel all that well with what most people envisage of a divine personage.
This is where a concept of mine which I coined in round about new year's day of January the 1st 1986, comes to the rescue! There I came up with the concept of negative consciousness... in other words God started off with an ideal finished product, and then as the ultimate truest supercomputer worked things out backwards with a negative causality: if God can do almost anything, then He can also think negativistically!
In this way, when the 'Big Crunch' got to the reversal point - or 'Big Bang' moment, and causality became positive, God in no way impedes us from making our own choices with full 'freedom of choice'... it just simply so happens that he happens to know what choices we are going to make before we actually do them! This however - in my opinion - does not taint or invalidate the process at all!
Finally, I will add some links to show how I conceived all of this concept:
Frank Pio Russo.
Ps. In view of the foregoing, it should be noted that if one were to consider Judas as evil, then he was created as such from the beginning and never actually had salvation dangled in front of him as a choice for him to make! All that there was, was the winding back of his negative causality so as to render the whole process congruos.