One thing I’ve been mulling over more recently is human behavior and statistical probability. I’ve written on vetting and statistics before, so this was going more deeply into it.
- Statistical models tell us the probability that any random person exhibiting certain characteristics or behavior will have a particular outcome.
- In the same way, our world is also probabilistic if you’ve studied quantum mechanics at all.
- Likewise, I can take a glance at any random relationship, and tell if they are more or less likely to break up in the future based on certain attitudes, behaviors, and trends.
Prediction of human behavior is not all that complex when you see the patterns behind their interactions. We can say for certain that those who have previously been in violent relationships will most likely get themselves again into violent relationships. Cheaters will cheat again. Those who have had pre-marital sex have the highest risk of divorce. Those who smoke have an inflated risk of lung cancer. And so on.
This is is also why it is true that only through Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit can we make any change that goes against a probabilistic and therefore deterministic future. Materialism, without the metaphysical, is bound to determinism. The divine nature changes the material.
Thus, free will allows us the foresight to examine the future. Wisdom is foresight into the statistical patterning of creation that allows one to choose righteousness — or insert other characteristic here — for any particular situation. In effect, it is limited omniscience to be able to see the consequences of future possibilities and change/choose our behavior to do the right thing.
A divine being, who knows the hearts and minds of all, necessarily has omniscience due to unlimited foresight into statistical patterning and behavior into the future (otherwise known as cause and effect). This should be no surprise to us as we are created in God’s image and have the capacity for the qualities of God to a very limited extent.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
When we exercise our ability to “see the future” according to wisdom, we choose what is right and thus fear the Lord.