/edit answer to reply #418
I can agree with that for most of it Theo.
In a way man plans like God.
But man switches behavior, plans, methods, approaches, etc because:
a] a change of mind
b] flawed design
c] external factors
None of that applies to God. He knew how every second of the plan would work out and what actions He would take at that moment.
He had that plan even before creation. So it may seem He changes plan; He just sticks to the plan.
If we would be able to peek into Fathers script we would know that the destruction of Sodom was a planned event (possibly on cosmic scale) Not God being forced to change plan and wipe out evil.
I do not understand where this use of "forced" comes from. God was never "forced" to do anything. He acted, watched, reacted, settled the issue.
God doesn't know the word IF. God only deals with certainties
1420 verses /1595 uses of word "if" in scripture, all from God. Do a word search on "if ye continue..." and you will see "if" - "then" conditions throughtout scripture.
See some few examples of God's use of "IF."
1 Samuel 12:14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:
1 Kings 2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
1 Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
1 John 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.