Boethius Was Successful in His Argument That God Rewards and Punishes Justly

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'Boethius was successful in his argument that God rewards and punishes justly' Many philosophers have debated as to the meaning of an eternal God and as to whether this God is fair. Boethius believed that when we say that God is eternal, we mean that God is timeless. However, others reject this concept claiming that God being eternal means that god has no beginning and no end; he has always existed and always will. Boethius taught that God exists outside of time which means he cannot bear any mortal interactions to things which exist within time. Boethius used this theory to illustrate how God is not able to relate to humans as he is not in time with them, nor one of them. This means that he can also not interact them including punishing and rewarding humans. Boethius explains that if God were to interact, punishing and rewarding, it would mean he would be experiencing time as one and so undermining Boethius’ theory of god being eternal. This idea is more consistent with the idea that God is immutable and is not contingent. On the other hand, Boethius also states that humans do not have free will. If God is omniscient then he already knows all of our choices, past, present and future regardless of whether we have even thought about them yet. This concept would suggest that human’s do not have a choice in their actions or the consequences of them, as, as some philosophers believes out future has already been predetermined. If this is correct and humans have no control over their actions then it would be wrong and unfair for God to punish someone, who had no choice but to do what God had already predetermined. If the Calvinist approach to predestination is true then there would be no need to hope of pray for anything as you cannot change your position, and God has already chosen who he will save before you are born. Without prayer and faith then human’s
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