This is William Lane Craig. He is an apologist. An apologist for what? A theistic god. It certainly isn’t the God of the Bible, although he would say that it is. Throughout this video, he is asked to explain the things God can and can’t do. Which leads me to the question, what can William Lane Craig do and not do? Well, for starters, he CAN appeal to philosophical conclusions. He can appeal to Molinism. He CAN’T appeal to the Bible. And as you watch this video you will notice that he never does.
He begins by telling the interviewer that omnipotence is difficult to define with great philosophical precision. Then why not define it biblically? It’s not difficult.
“The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” [Psalm 33:11]
“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” [Psalm 115:11]
““Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” [Isaiah 46:8-11]
“All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?'” [Daniel 4:35]
He goes into an explanation of how God can’t do illogical things. I agree that it would be illogical for God to create a square triangle, or whatever – but, if you are telling these people that you are a Christian, then appeal to the Bible. He doesn’t ever mention the God of the Bible in this entire video; only a theistic god over and above a deistic god.
The interviewer then asks, “Can God sin?” Craigs answer is, “No, for example, He can’t sin because that would be a logical contradiction for an absolutely essentially holy being to do evil.”
There’s just a problem here, Mr. Craig. The Bible says that God creates evil.
“I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.” [Isaiah 45:7]
Other translations, like the KJV, translate the word “calamity” as “evil.” I’ve normally heard people say, “Well, that’s calamity! That’s not evil!” What exactly is your definition of calamity? What does it involve? Does it not involve the sinful acts of men? Certainly.
““Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass, that you should turn fortified cities into heaps of ruins” [2 Kings 19:25]
“Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?” [Amos 3:6]
How will Craig answer the reply of the atheist who says, “What about murders, rapes, etc??” Can’t God stop that?! In Genesis 20:6, God tells Abimelech that He kept him from touching Abraham’s wife Sarah:
“Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.”
What if the unbeliever asks Craig, “Why didn’t God keep the rapist from touching my daughter?” What philosophies will Craig appeal to then? It certainly won’t be that God works all things together for the good of His elect [Romans 8:28], that He might be glorified throughout the earth. No no no. William Lane Craig is too busy pushing Molinism, a counter reformational soteriology created by the Jesuit Molina. It is a view that says that god has middle knowledge of all events throughout time. Before he ever created the world, this god saw every possible universe he could’ve created given that creatures have free will. He decided to create this universe because this is the best option of all possible universes in which the most people would come to a knowledge of god. And, of course, the kicker is that god chooses you, because he saw your obedience beforehand. Good for you, sport! Give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back! Hey, as long as man is the one with the ultimate authority! So it is no surprise that all of this ends with Craig explaining the Molinistic worldview. Notice that no Scripture has been used to support such a perverted perspective.
William Lane Craig needs to repent of this philosophical VAIN system that he goes around blinding people with. If he won’t repent, then he needs to stop calling himself a Christian. He is a DANGER to God’s people.
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossian 2:8