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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 2 months ago

Why did God choose to interfere with Jonah's free will?

Update:

Forcing someone to choose between death and obedience is absolutely interfering with their free will. If I have a gun to your head, and tell you to give me all your money or I'll shoot you, that's not a real choice. God put a fish to Jonah's head and told him to obey or die. That is interference with free will, and if you say otherwise, you're a liar.

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  • 2 months ago

    Prophets are exceptions, who are consider God's special elect, since they were created and specially graced, for very specific purposes.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    He didn't.  If you understood the account you'd know that.

  • User
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    1) Why did God choose to interfere with Jonah's free will?

    He did not do so, as far as we know.

    2) Forcing someone to choose between death and obedience is absolutely interfering with their free will.

    It most certainly is not.

    Indeed: the very premise ***clearly indicates free will***.

    If you are forcing someone TO CHOOSE

    then by definition you are forcing someone TO EXERCISE THEIR FREE WILL.

    3) If I have a gun to your head, and tell you to give me all your money or I'll shoot you, that's not a real choice.

    It doesn't matter if you consider that a "real choice" or not.

    The fact remains that such duress

    does not affect free WILL one iota.

    Proof: a man in that situation (being mugged at gunpoint)

    - could choose to give his money

    - could choose to not give his money

    - could choose to scream

    - could choose to try to run away

    - could choose to throw a punch

    - could choose to do a jig

    or ANYTHING ELSE that the man imagines. For example

    - could choose to flap his arms and fly to the Moon

    - could choose to shoot the mugger with a Star Trek phaser

    - could choose to use his mental powers to force the mugger to shoot himself

    etc.

    His freedom of WILL is COMPLETELY unimpaired by the threat.

    4) God put a fish to Jonah's head and told him to obey or die. That is interference with free will, and if you say otherwise, you're a liar.

    You making things up

    and demonstrably false things, at that

    does not make them true.

    If you say otherwise, you're a purple aardvark with pink polka-dots.

  • Donald
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    he did not have total free will. (did he)?

    he was chosen. (election)

    a savior to help the lost was needed.

    but this caused him grief. (Jonah)

    why?

    Prophecy was why....

    (what was to happen to his people later on by this nation)

    many are called

    but FEW are CHOSEN (bible words).

    all are called and invited to salvation.

    but a few help bring this about.

    Jonah was called and chosen.

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  • 2 months ago

    god can do what he pleases

  • 2 months ago

    Why did Jonah disobey?

  • 2 months ago

    He never interfered with his will, only with the way his chosen actions played out. Free will does not mean that we can control the consequences of our actions, only that whatever actions we perform are meaningfully 'ours'.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Why hasn't God steered everyone in the right direction?

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    He didnt. He just steered Jonah in the right direction. Just as with Paul. Both ultimately made the right decision. 

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