Known to God are All His Works From the Beginning of the World

The decree of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things.  We have used the singular number as Scripture does (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 3:11), because there was only one act of His infinite mind about future things.  But we speak as if there had been many, because our minds are only capable of thinking of successive revolutions, as thoughts and occasions arise, or in reference to the various objects of His decree, which being many seem to us to require a distinct purpose for each one.  But an infinite understanding does not proceed by steps, from one stage to another: “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 10

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Christian Faith Promotes Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity was built into the Christian faith…in Acts 15, which declared that the new gentile Christians didn’t have to enter Jewish culture…The converts had to work out…a Hellenistic way of being a Christian.  [So] no one owns the Christian faith.  There is no ‘Christian culture’ the way there is an “Islamic” culture which you recognize from Pakistan to Tunisia to Morocco…

– Andrew Wall

as quoted by Tim Keller, Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Reason, copyright 2008, page 44