How free is our free will ?

The subject of the sovereignty of God and whether God is in control of our lives and how this effects are free will choices is extremely controversial in the Evangelical community.  Is God in control or not ?  Is he sovereign or not ?  Did God direct my thoughts, steps and ultimately my choice to accept Jesus as my savior ?  Can I take any credit for any of it ? 

I will tell you up front, that I do not have this settled in my mind 100%   It’s as complex as any theological subject you can find.  

God is the master of life and death.  He alone created us for his own pleasure and he alone has the right to determine our future.  Now, that is a fact undisputed in the Bible.   Did you know that NO WHERE in the Bible does it say that man has “free will”.    Instead it says that we are created in the spitting image of God.  Seeing how God knows everything, and seeing how God cannot lie, and seeing how God can not be wrong, then he must not have “free will” either.  If he does, then he he would be in paradox.  Unsolvable and imperfect.  That can not be true either so God must not have free will as we think of it.  That is to say the choice between two or more outcomes.  God’s mind has all ready been made up about all of it !  It’s finished.  If God every had free will then he’s made his choices and you and I are stuck with it.  Praise God for that !

26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."  27 So God created man in his own image,  in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  (Genesis 1:26-27)

The entire problem I think is our definition of “free will”.  Being human,  and in our depraved state, we think that we are the center of the universe and that we have a choice to do or not do.  To be or not to be.  This is a selfish illusion.   The entire idea came from the Greeks and had no basis in the Jewish theological tradition.  God was Sovereign and that was that.   Take a look at Psalms 139 sometime and you’ll see this clearly.   God is the potter and we are the clay (Romans 9:20-23).   He get’s to decide if we make it.   He and he alone determines our fitness for any particular purpose.  And here’s the GOOD NEWS !  He has done so in Jesus Christ !   Now let’s look at it this way.  Before salvation on the cross, You and I were DEAD!   So, the one choice we might have had is all ready made (In Adam).  We did not make it, God  did as a result of our sins.  Now Jesus comes along and offers us the chance to be UN-DEAD.  I don’t know about you, but I only see ONE choice there since alternative isn’t a choice at all.  We are  DEAD remember.   I can stay DEAD, the choice I didn’t make or I can with the help of the Holy Spirit, being quickened in my spirit unto salvation, accept the salvation he provided through his irresistible Grace.   

So if all this is true and I have NO free will in reality, then how can God hold me accountable?  If you think about it, my sins have all ready been judged in Adam.  I was judged guilty and put out of the presence of God  (That’s spiritual death).  I was separated from God with NO WAY out.  We humans must remember that we are dealing with an infinite God.  We want to think that we start with a clean slate.  We don’t.  We want to put God in a position that we have NO right to put him in.  We are all guilty and condemned.  God by Grace saved us from eternal damnation and separation through Jesus.   It’s a pure gift, not of anything I did or could have done.

I’ve told you that this is very complex subject.  It’s also a very controversial one.   If you have more interest in this you could look at the following sites.

Open Theism Information Site .. http://www.opentheism.info/

The Dangers of Open Theism .. http://www.midwestapologetics.org/articles/theology/opentheism.htm

June 06 2010 04:54 pm | Bible Study and Uncategorized

One Response to “How free is our free will ?”

  1. frostwire download on 30 Nov 2010 at 2:53 am #

    one can argue that it can go both ways

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