Point of Contact – Possibility

In this second installment of our newest podcast – Joshua Whipps, Sean Burkes, Justin McCurry and Nic Heath discuss possibility.

Note: The audio quality is not the best, unfortunately. We’re working on steps to rectify that.


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C.L. Bolt

“When we’re looking toward the future we don’t know what’s going to go on. So, we’re speculating. But we can’t extrapolate from that and say well because we extrapolate to the future then…and we say that there could be this, this, this, this. Well that’s not an argument to do with this. [31:15]

Is it true that in some cases we do know what’s going to go on in the future?

Is there a difference between speculating about what will actually happen in the future and stating what is possible in the future?

If the answer to either of these is “Yes” then I am not sure how the above statements were true and as far as I can tell the answers to both of those questions are “Yes”. Help me out here.

“God is utterly beyond any conception they have of what is really possible. They’re not capable of understanding what is possible. There’s only One who is.” [32:21]

I’m not sure what the first sentence means and this may be why I don’t follow the second and third. Here is something I am capable of understanding as possible:

“Jesus will come again.”

I know that this is possible because the Bible tells me so. God is not the only One who knows that this is possible.

Here is another example of something I am capable of understanding as possible:

“The sun will not rise next week.”

I know that this is possible because no logical contradiction is entailed by affirming it. Of course it is also possible that the sun will rise next week.
It is not possible that the sin will rise next week and not rise next week at the same time and in the same respect. A logical contradiction is entailed by affirming this proposition.

None of this is speculation. These are statements based upon the Bible and logic which pertain to what is possible in the future. So I may be misunderstanding what you are saying at the times I quoted from but need some help in that regard.

While I can understand that God determines what is possible and impossible I do not see how it follows that we cannot know what is possible and impossible in many other cases than the ones provided in the examples.


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