How Free Is Your Will?

Do human beings actually possess free will? Does God make your choices or do you? Part of the answer depends on how you define “freedom” and “free will.”

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Those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. … When Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our ancestor Isaac — even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election would stand, not by works but by his calling) — it was said to her, ‘The older will serve the younger,’ just as it is written: ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ … So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy (Romans 8:29–30; 9:10–16).

“There are those who think that life is nothing left to chance/a host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance/ … I will choose a path that’s clear/I will choose free will.”

“Free to turn away — say goodbye/Free to walk away — and deny. … “You’re free, free to do what you want to/Choose your own destiny/Free to do what you want to.”

So What If God Did Violate Our Free Wills?

Did God Push You Down the Stairs?

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God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.

Who Chose Your House, Your Spouse, and Your Striped Socks?

If the marvelous Maker of every good thing were not dealing with us, we would have no hope of getting up from our fall by our own free choice, by which we plunged ourselves into ruin when still standing upright.



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Timothy Paul Jones

Professor. Pastor. Bestselling author of WHY SHOULD I TRUST THE BIBLE?, THE DA VINCI CODEBREAKER, and more.