In my years since taking on the Doctrines of Grace, I have seen the freewillers play a shell game with words. This will be a 1st of a few threads to address the smoke a mirrors that freewillers try to pull. Most of the time on the BB, we only talk about Calvinism and hardly ever look at the shell game of freewill. I know this maybe strong words to some, but it is rather easy to back up, in time. Shell game one…Foreknow The 1st word we will look at is Foreknow. To the freewiller, Foreknow means what God sees what will happen. It is said by freewillers that, God elects based on what He knows will happen. The word as used in the Bible means more than foreknowledge about persons and what will happen sometime in the future, it is the foreknowledge of persons. The Greek word comes from 2 words one being ginosko the same one found in Matt….”And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS” This gives the right meaning, in that it means to know in a personal way. This is why we see in In Rom 8:29,30, the foreknown are predestined to the image of Christ, and are called, justified and glorified. It means knowing as in relationship. This goes hand in hand with predestined. In 1Pe 1:2, the word for "foreknowledge" is the same as "foreordain" in the twentieth verse of the same chapter, where the meaning cannot be "foreknowledge" about Christ. God's foreknowledge about persons is without limitations; whereas, His foreknowledge (to know as used with Mary) of a person is limited to those who are actually saved and glorified. But this is only to look at the real meaning as the Bible teaches. How about this shell game? The freewillers view sounds like it may work. But does it? From here on out we will look at the word as used by freewillers to see if it works. If God foreknows (as used by freewillers) before God predestined, this is hyper-Calvinism other then God is not in control. In this view, what God sees will happen, God must make happen, or what He saw was not really the end of things. God is limited and controlled by what man does. If God changes things in this view God would be changing what He foreknow would happen. If God did this changing, why did He not know about the change? God must do as He saw “done” in the future, or God did not really see the end. Now at this point we often hear about God and time. This is yet another shell game, but it will come up, so we must address it as well. God is outside of time. Man is not. Man is made by God. Man is elect. When God elects man, being that man is time, God elects a man in time. Therefore all words addressing time God placed in the Bible to give the right meaning to us. If God says Christ will return, this means it will happen. If the Bible says God made the world in 6 days, it means 6 days. If the Bible says Christ arose from the grave in 3 days, it means 3 days. 1 day is like a 1000 years…means 1 real day…is like 1000 real years with the Lord. Weeks have a few meanings…but they always mean time frames. So, when we read God foreknew us before the world was made, this means God foreknew us before the world was made. ************************ Now the shell game. Could Cain have been saved under this foreknowing view?