Is Free Will an Illusion?
We go about our lives thinking we are deciding what to do, where and when to go; what to eat; who to marry; what job to take. Yet when any of these decisions turn out negative our minds may go into overdrive attempting to figure out what happened (a consequence of free will?). Philosophers have wrestled with this question for a long time and I myself confronted baffling outcomes to my choices. First, GOD blessed us with free will and had also blessed the angles with free will resulting in some rebelling introducing evil to creation.
2 Peter 2:4 ESV
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;
God does not allow Satan (a fallen angel) free reign:
Job 2:3 ESV
And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”
If you read Job you will see a great struggle because with permission Satan tormented Job and still he held up to the onslaught.
I Surrender – Hillsong Worship
Job 42:16 ESV
And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations.
Bottom line: GOD gave free will because when we choose GOD it is on our own accord not a forced choice.
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