Free Will.

 


 

 

(These are my thoughts collected after hearing about a fatal car crash that happened in my home town.)

 

 



 

 

Skeptics claim that if God is a loving father, then he should be held responsible for not doing anything about evil and suffering.

If a father prepares his children to face the challenges of evil in the world, but they dismiss his advice and does evil instead, should the father be held responsible?

 

 



 

 

If there is no God, there is no such thing as evil. Without God evil doesn’t really exist.

To be angry with God for allowing evil is to be angry with Him for allowing you to be born and live.

God could get rid of all the evil in the world. All He would have to do is kill everybody.

But that wouldn’t be of His nature. That would break God’s character.

 

 



 

 

People will say, “how could a loving God exist with all this evil in the world.”

The existence of evil is not evidence of God’s absence in the universe but evidence of His absence from our lives.

We want to take evil away from the world, but we don’t think about the evil we commit ourselves.

Romans 3:23 tells us that we’re all sinners. Me, you, us. Sin is anything opposite of what God wants us to do. Because we sin we’re born disconnected from God. Our sins deserve punishment which in the end is death.

For the wages of sin is death, (Romans 6:23a NIV)

But that’s why Jesus was sent to the Earth. God gave us a bridge to cross over from death to life.

 



 

 

A perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect imperfect people.

 

 



 

 

His death and resurrection from the cross covered our sins and enabled our bodies to live eternally, but there’s a catch. It’s called choice, decision making, or free will. God is the contrast of evil. He gives you choices in life. God developed a moral code inside our hearts that tells us right and wrong, but it’s our choice to obey or disobey.

“God created things which had free will. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only that that makes possible any love or good was or joy worth having.” – C.S. Lewis.

God also gives us the choice to recieve His gift. A gift that when you recieve it, your life will forever be changed. The gift of eternal life.

It’s not a paycheck that you have to work to obtain. It’s a gift. God is handing you His gift, and all you have to do is accept it, and it’ll be ours forever.

 

 



 

 

God gives us the choice whether we want Him with us, or not. Some people reject God because His inner moral code infers with our sexual freedoms. When the restraining force of God and His knowledge are removed, evil is free to fully express itself.

God isn’t the bad guy here. It’s us. God doesn’t allow bad things to happen. We do. God doesn’t want us to reject Him. It’s us who choose too.

 

 


 

29 comments

      1. Hey man Calvanist, Methodist, Reformed, we are all brothers in Christ. Let’s just focus on what brings us together instead of what separates us. Don’t want to be like a bunch of Pharisees.

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      2. I agree we are all brother’s in Christ. But I also know we are to work out Doctrines to find what the Bible teaches or doesn’t teach.

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      3. Well if your doctrine tells you that Jesus doesn’t love everyone then you do you man. If you believe that God only allows certain people to be saved then right on keep doing you, but just letting you know that you aren’t God, so don’t be quick to judge who’s saved and who’s not. The world is our mission field, so don’t let the religious Pharisee mentality get take over. I’m just going to keep living life by loving everyone, loving Jesus, and believing that we are saved by grace through faith and not of our works. 👍

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      People approached Jesus for healing. Some were demon possessed, others disabled from birth. A centurion called him for a servant. Whether God called each of these people, we don’t know. But, since Jesus died for everyone, the gift is likewise available for all.

      God Bless!

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      1. The ones that believed were indeed called and the Bible clearly explains this.

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      2. Did Jesus really die for EVERYONE? Is that what the text says? Do you believe nobody goes to Hell?

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      3. Jesus died for everyone sins. However, we must believe that in our hearts, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. As the Bible points out, some will not.

        Matthew 25:31-46
        Revelation 20:11-15

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      4. What do you mean when you say he died for everyone’s sins? Does that mean every sin has been paid for?

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    What the skeptic – and the professing Christian too – almost always misses is that the Bible says plainly that now is not the only day of salvation! There wouldn’t be so many divisions in mainstream Christianity if that one fact were understood. From what I see, lack of understanding of this very doctrine is what split the Protestant Reformers more than anything else.

    Free will operates within a framework, as does free moral agency (not the same thing). God set up that framework for a reason, and here it is. God allows evil to go on in order to teach humanity, once and for all, that His way and only His way works. We chose to learn that lesson the hard way, starting in Genesis 3. It is we – or rather our ancestors – who thought we could decide for ourselves what good and evil are. And so God has allowed us their descendents to go on in the blindness such folly causes, for a set period of time, until we come to the brink of destroying ourselves. Then, and only then, He will send Jesus Christ to intervene and stop the madness, and to open the eyes of mankind. And that will include everyone who has ever lived and will live, according to a plan He worked out long ages ago. Even the incorrigibly wicked will know before their end just what it is they’re turning down in favor of their own rebelliousness.

    You can’t get more loving, more fair or more just than that. ❤

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    Nice post. Free means free, why can’t people just accept it? God created us free, otherwise we would be some form of A.I. Unfortunately, religious doctrine gets in the way of us truly understanding Creation and our place in it.

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    Thanks for emphasizing “choice”! and for visiting my blog!

    Evelyn
    Here’s to Your Health!
    evelynmmaxwell.com

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    Free Will is the Greatest Gift God ever gave us! The paradox is, that it can only coexist with doubt about God’s existence. Once you know God exists, there cannot any longer exist Free Will, since then you *HAVE* to fulfill his Will!

    This is the curse of our Prophets, the ones who knows that the Almighty exists …

    They no longer have Free Will …

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    I don’t believe that bad things happen to good people as a punishment. With free will comes the choice for evil to exist. Lucifer chose himself over God, and many have followed. I think that the evil in this world can attack anyone. However, if we believe that Jesus died for us, then we will be saved. So if we are killed in an evil act, we already made our choice.

    I have faith that God knows best. If we trust in Him and His Son, we may not be immune to the First Death, but we will be immune to the Second!

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    Basically…there are three ‘wills’: God’s, Satan’s, and human – our’s and other’s. God’s will is good. Satan’s will is evil. Human will adopts good or evil will as their own.

    Now keep going down this line of thinking. When the proverbial ‘bad things happen to good people’, it’s not always that an individual chose that evil. It’s simply the sloshing around of other’s poor choices, whether an ancestor or a contemporary. That’s the power of sin at work in the world since the first poor choices were made.

    BUT…good and evil are not simply concepts. They are personages – God and Satan. AND…they are also not two equal forces. Though they clash and contend for a span of time, GOD is greater than satan. It is a universal war, and we are given the opportunity to choose the winning or losing side. With such high stakes good and evil consequences eventually demand, allegiance cannot only be to a concept. Such a soldier will go AWOL. Loyalty to the GOOD KING is the only way to stand up under the onslaught of satan’s and other’s ill will. Note the following comparison of a Christian’s life to soldiering – not just soldiering for a cause, but soldiering under his Commander, Jesus Christ.

    2 Timothy 2:3-4New International Version (NIV)

    ” Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

    Is the soldier free? Yes.
    Is the soldier using his freedom to choose according to his loyalty? Yes.

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    Hi Nicholas,

    Good post.

    God gives us THE choice, but we also continue to have choices even after we have made the right choice – of choosing to follow Him. Some are quite innocuous like whether to have cake or ice cream for dessert. (I would have said go for both, but as a heart patient that would probably be not so innocuous.) Other choices, like do I watch that show which feeds a tendency toward lustful thoughts or not are the slippery ground of our free-will. The path to reckless abandonment unto evil begins with small choices that end up leading us a long way from where we started and where we really want to be.

    I am so thankful for the three chief supports He has given us to help us to consistently make the right choices – The Word, The Holy Spirit, and the Church (which is NOT defined by a denomination but by a living relationship with God through His Son).

    By the way, I love CS Lewis. Since you read my latest post you saw where a guy quoted Lewis in the tiny little church in the middle of nowhere this weekend. I thought that was way cool.

    I also appreciate your checking out my blog. Keep on living, speaking, and blogging the truth man.

    Dan

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    It really is us. We are the problem .

    Thanks for visiting my blog. It helped me to discover the great things that you post.

    God is working through you,

    Stay blessed

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    I really love this. It is forgotten, too often, that grace is such an amazing and free gift that we don’t deserve, but desperately need.

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