At the Jehovah Witness website they define free will as, “God dignifies us with free will, the power to make decisions of our own rather than having God or fate predetermine what we do”.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines it as, “a philosophical term of art for a particular sort of capacity of rational agents to choose a course of action from among various alternatives”.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines free will as, “the ability to choose how to act. The ability to make choices that are not controlled by fate or God”.
All of the definitions of free will have a common denominator and it is this; the ability of independent choice and action, separate from God or some destiny, providence, karma or kismet. And if we need assistance or any type of added, “juice” then we can call on the Divine power to accomplish what we want to accomplish.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
At best all we have to do to draw on this Divine power is to love God.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
All of this is nothing but pure bunk, (except the scripture in proper context of course!) Stop and think about it for a minute. Does man really have the ability to cut off God from having an influence on him and his life? This is what “free will” is attempting to establish, that man has the power within himself to block God, to act independently and to control his life and the all the elements in it. Really? The last time man was left to his own devices, “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Debauchery, depravity and complete debased degeneracy are man’s default position when not under the influence of God.
If man had the ability to completely separate himself from God at any moment or point in time then he would be left open and prey to the devil. For “your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)
All of us both saint and sinner is under the influence of God and the Holy Ghost.
“Scripture, if it be carefully examined, will show not only that the good wills of men are made good by God out of evil, and when so made, are directed to good acts, even to eternal life, but those which retain the elements of the world are in the power of God, to turn them whither he pleases, and when he pleases, either to perform acts of kindness, or by a hidden, indeed, but, at the same time, most just judgment to inflict punishment,” (John Calvin quoting Augustine, Institutes of the Christian Religion)
There is no place where man can go when he is not in the presence or under the influence of God and the Holy Ghost, even hell itself.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. (Psalms 139:7-10).
Are we mindless creatures? Are we nothing but caged and chained creations working upon the beckoning of God? No, quite the opposite. The truth shall set you free! What man and his wisdom does not understand is that he is currently working under the influence of the devil. Only through the washing and regeneration can we escape the depravity and influences of the master deceiver and slanderer, that thief and murderer, Satan!
God made us perfectly. We allowed sin into the skin. God has been guiding us along through helps and guides, prophets and laws, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ, God has been guiding us back to perfection, back to righteousness. God has been showing us the way back home to truth and mercy. God is leading us away from total depravity back to absolute love.
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