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Free Will is absolute – by P.K. Odendaal –
I have so
often heard the following expressions by well-meaning Christians:
·God is in charge and we cannot do
what we will.
·He will only allow us to do what He
thinks is right for us, or what He might allow us to do.
·God is in charge and will never
allow anything if it is contrary to His will.
are an infringement of our own rights, a negligent omission of our own
responsibilities and an opportunity to blame God when something goes wrong or
something happens which we do not like.
The fact of
the matter is that Free Will is what it says. It is not called Partial Will or
Restricted Will. It is totally free. Anyone can at any time do what he or she
wants to or likes to do, as far is God is concerned. If Free Will was
restricted by God, we would have had a scapegoat to blame God for things which
happen in our lives for which He is not responsible. God has never and will
never allow our Free Will to be impeded. Salvation and the wonderful
opportunity of being His friend rest squarely on us and how we use our Free
There are some
people who try to blame God for their lost condition on the false
interpretation of Scripture in:
Ephes. 2:8 For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
we are saved by Grace, but that is an unbounded and limitless Grace which is a
gift of God to anyone who wishes to use their Free Will to accept that gift or not.
we think that we really cannot decide what to do or we might feel that our
options are very limited, but that is not due to God or to an impediment of our
Free Will. It is only because we have compromised our position or options, by
our own Free Will, which we sometimes call our circumstances or environment.
What we really
and mostly forget in this equation is that God also has a Free Will which He ably,
wisely, gracefully, lovingly, but sometimes wrathfully and penitently uses to
govern His Creation as He is able, willing and ready to do that without sleeping
There are many
examples that can be quoted from scripture, where this happened when humans and
angles used their Free Will to do wrongful acts, and I am only quoting two:
·God instructs Adam and Eve not to
eat from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. They use their Free Will to
exercise that option with disastrous consequences. Upon doing that, God visits
them in Paradise and exercises His Free Will to rebuke and condemn them for
that, with the words (starting with serpent and taking the culprits one by one):
Gen 3:14-19 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this,…… (Read for yourself).
·Satan, a cherubim in heaven, using
his Free Will, staged a rebellion in Heaven against God: Isaiah
14:13,14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will
ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit
also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High.
God uses His Free Will and responds with this:Isaiah
14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the
sides of the pit.
having Free Will does not mean God or we have to use it every time and all the
time. We have a Free Will to use it when we like. I give you an example:
When we are
tried in court for some indictment, we do not go there unprepared. We take counsel
from legal experts and we decide to waive our Free Will in this instance, if we
so wish, and let the Will of our legal counsel prevail – and rightly so.
we might sometimes, I am hoping more often than not, petition God to reveal His
Perfect Will in our lives. When God then reveals to us His Perfect Will, by
whatever method He chooses, we are free to take it or leave it.
In turn God
has also shown that he takes counsel from us sometimes, and sometimes He uses
it out of His Free Will – that is why we pray.
I give you
the scripture where God counsels Moses:
From Exo 32:9onwards: And the LORD said
unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and
that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses
besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against
thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great
power, and with a mighty hand?Wherefore should the
Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in
the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy
fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy
servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will
multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken
of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he
thought to do unto his people.