Jean-Paul Sartre gives his own vision of hell in a play called No Exit. The “moral” of the play is the hopelessly amoral conclusion: “You are – your life, and nothing else.” There is no forgiveness and no redemption. No greater good, no higher purpose. You live, you laugh, you suffer and you die. And that’s it.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:13 it says that “God from the beginning chose you for salvation through … belief in the truth.” People often find it difficult to reconcile these two things – God’s choosing us and our believing the truth. One way proposed out of the dilemma is to consider the various types of knowledge entailed in God’s omniscience. Middle knowledge in particular seems relevant to this question. This is a brief attempt to explain it.
When the learner yields to the teacher’s intentions, both student and teacher succeed. God does not leave things to chance. We glorify Him the most when we yield to his loving intentions. That is also when we are most blessed.