Let me give you this example, in our system the exam board know the answers and grades to all the questions, (Also the teachers more or less know who is going to pass) .Does this mean do not bother to test the students?
I do not understand your way of reasoning? The two actions are " independent".
The point of a test is to learn. For God, there is supposedly nothing to learn, for He knows all. Creation is the exam board, and God knows the answers to everything, before even handing out to the test. God knows before creating that exam board, what students will pass, and who will fail. God made those who would take the test, knowing if they would pass or fail, before even making those testers. So why bother testing?
When I read that God knows our future, i understood it as God knows all our possible diferent future depending upon the choices we make. So this doesnt take away our free will. For example the choice whether I should be a believer or not is entirely on me, but God knows the end result of both the possible choices. Whether i choose to beleive or not is entirely on me & this shows that what I choose is not determined by God but God being God knows how my future would be if I a) I choose to be a beleiver b) I do not become a believer.
Hope I was able to explain my understanding.
I understand what you mean. But you still don't take into account that God knew before the moment of Creation, what you would think, say, and do, before even creating you. At least, this is the mainstream thought as to Gods omniscience.
So yes, God knows the outcome of your decision, but he also knew the decision you would make in the first place, everything that you would think, say, and do, even before your life began. Before your parents life began, He knew what you would think, say, and do. Before Adam and Eve, he knew what you would think, say, and do.
And to further expand this even more, even before you made it to Heaven, before God created the Universe, He knew all that you would think, say, and do, in Heaven, for all of eternity.
Essentially, this means that God destined people for Hell, and people for Heaven. The only way around this is that God does not
know the future, other then what he will do, guarantee. He can't know what you will think, say, and do in the future, or else His very existence is madness. Our making, our having souls, would have to stop this all-knowing in someway, or Creation is pre-destined. God did not have to make this
universe, knowing all of this would happen.
He could have
created that universe, knowing all of that would happen,
where all made it to Heaven.