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May 16, 2011

Free will

by pastortimfowler

The following is a statement sent to me by a church friend who reads all kinds of weird stuff and then asks me to blog about it. THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS:
If God knows everything, then he knows what we will do in the future, including what sins we will commit. If he knows what sins we will commit, then we are a part of a “universal plan”, which means we have no free will. If we have no free will, and are forced by this universal plan to commit these sins, then how can God judge us for them and send us to Hell for them? So either God is not omniscient, or he’s a gigantic *jerk*.
I do wish people would at least consider the possibility that God may judge them one day before they become so bold as to call God a gigantic jerk, but my prayer is that they meet my gigantic Savior before they meet a gigantic Judge.
Free will is not that difficult to understand. It all boils down to love. God wants us to learn to love Him, not be forced into His big cosmic plan to send some to Hell. FYI, God does not send people to Hell, people reject God’s perfect plan to forgive us and that sends people to Hell.
God knows all, omniscient, is the word that is used. Ephesians 1:4 - Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence. Before we were ever created God knew that giving us free will would mean that we would chose to sin and cause separation from Him, so He made a way so that all who sinned would have a path to freely chose to love Him and accept His salvation. God knew that this guy would say something so stupid and arrogant before he was even born but loved him enough to still give him free will and a way of salvation if he asks.
In 1 Samuel 15, Saul had been appointed king and had disobeyed God, so it says in verse 11 that God regretted making Saul King. Not because God made a mistake, but because Saul’s mistake meant that Saul did not love God and rejected God’s love as an act of free will and that is what God regretted. Saul never had remorse over his sin. Saul was only concerned that he had God on his side in order to be a more powerful king, not a more loving child of God.
A jerk is someone who only thinks of their self. Someone who thinks that they are better than anyone else and has no regard for another person’s feelings. God knew, because He is omniscient, that free will would mean that we would sin. He knew that sin would mean separation from His creation, which He loves. He knew that we would sin by choice and by accident and that we would never be able to atone for it. So because He loves us, He gave his Son to be our sacrifice, payment for the sin we commit. He allowed His sinless Son to die in our sinful place because He knows we can’t help ourselves but to sin. He also knows that He put something inside of all of us that craves love. God is not a jerk. Unfortunately some choose to try to love themselves into being god, rather than loving the one true God who knows the way to forgive sin, through love.
The only way to truly know God’s love is to have free will.

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