If God has all controlling power is there really such thing as free will?
isnt that contradicting?
- NepoliteLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yep, it's called not being a Christian
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Question: "How does God's sovereignty work together with free will?"
Answer: It is impossible for us to fully understand the dynamics of a holy God molding and shaping the will of man. Scripture is clear that God knows the future (Matthew 6:8; Psalm 139:1-4) and has total sovereign control over all things (Colossians 1:16-17; Daniel 4:35). The Bible also says that we must choose God or be eternally separated from Him. We are held responsible for our actions (Romans 3:19; 6:23; 9:19-21). How these facts work together is impossible for a finite mind to comprehend (Romans 11:33-36).
People can take one of two extremes in regard to this question. Some emphasize the sovereignty of God to the point that human beings are little more than robots simply doing what they have been sovereignly programmed to do. Others emphasize free will to the point of God not having complete control and/or knowledge of all things. Neither of these positions is biblical. The truth is that God does not violate our wills by choosing us and redeeming us. Rather, He changes our hearts so that our wills choose Him. “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19), and “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16).
What are we to do then? First, we are to trust in the Lord, knowing that He is in control (Proverbs 3:5-6). God’s sovereignty is supposed to be a comfort to us, not an issue to be concerned about or debate over. Second, we are to live our lives making wise decisions in accordance with God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:5). There will be no excuses before God for why we chose to disobey Him. We will have no one to blame but ourselves for our sin. Last but not least, we are to worship the Lord, praising Him that He is so wonderful, infinite, powerful, full of grace and mercy—and sovereign.
- heyDavidLv 61 decade ago
Of course there is, but one must recognize the gift to man in its spiritual element. To the human thought, free will is confusion at best, as there is punishment and suffering for many dreams and thoughts that evolve into action. Spiritual free will is really beyond comprehension right now.
- AmirulLv 51 decade ago
god controls everything but He granted us with free will. but still, this free will doesn't give us full right to do whatever we want because we are still living in His lands. just as what people who live in democratic country. though they live on democracy basis where the nations have the power to over-rule the government, but still, this doesn't give them the full right to do whatever they like as the laws are governed under certain circumstances.
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- badmofauxLv 71 decade ago
If God is omnipotent, there is no free will.
He's in control of everything.
Even allowing you to make choices and enter into sin, etc, all happen because He wills it to be so.
Everything is predetermined, predestined, all ordained by God.
The free will part is an illusion.
- sunshineLv 61 decade ago
The free will of man kind is the will to choose God or reject God, nothing more.
That one choice is eternal
A biggy, and most don't GET IT.
- Lori TLv 51 decade ago
God does not have control over us or we would be puppets. Is it God's will that all men be saved? Yes. Are all men saved? No. Is it God's will that man not perish in unbelief? Yes. Are men perishing in unbelief? Yes. If God forced His control on mankind then all men would be saved and no man would parish in a state of unbelief.
God gave man dominion and authority over the earth. He couldn't do that and still maintain control over man's will.
- NahumLv 71 decade ago
One way to resolve it is to imagine time as a series of branches. Every time you make a decision, an alternate version of you made the other choice.
Then God in His omniscience knows all the outcomes, while you (limited to only experiencing one outcome) can choose which particular path to take. He sees the entire tree, while you only see a single leaf.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I think omnipotence and free will are diametrically opposed, in a religious sense. That's just the way it looks to me.
- BarthaynLv 61 decade ago
God has total control over us. However this is not contradicting because we choose to do what we want with our lives. This is called freewill. In the end, our will, will be overruled by God's will at Armageddon because our will, will bring destruction to us.Source(s): http://www.biblegateway.com/ http://www.salvationinjesus.webs.com/ http://www.creationwiki.com/ http://www.thewaythetruth.com/ http://www.endtime.com/ http://www.bible.ca/b-science-evidences.htm http://freehovind.com/ http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/parables.htm http://www.drdino.com/ http://www.godandscience.org/