Divine foreknowledge versus human free will (2)

Ramchal’s statement above that this phenomenon — the fact that all defects are rooted in BaN; that all repairs are rooted in the conjunction of MaH and BaN; and that everything that was and will be is rooted there too … — is tied into the mystical notion of God’s foreknowledge versus human free will comes to this, in his own words.

He says about this in his comments to the Petach itself simply that “God peers (with His foreknowledge) into all that will happen in the future (as a consequence of man’s acts of free will) and based on that He sets in place all the repairs that would be needed for that all in this (conjunction of MaH and BaN)”.

That’s simply a statement to the effect that whatever apparent conflict there’d be between God’s foreknowledge and our acts of free will eventually be resolved in the mechanism that is the conjunction of MaH and BaN. But he’ll explain more in later Petachim as we’ll see.

 

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