What is Free-Will?

Question:  “What is free-will and do I have free-will to do as I please?”

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Free will, means that we have a choice to obey God or to disobey, to follow God or the world (the devil), to love God or reject God. While God gave us the ability to analyze and make choices, we must also remember that our choices have ramifications, some of which are eternal.

God gave us free will to accept Him or to reject Him. God wants us to come to Him because we have chosen, in love, to come to Him. He will not force a person to love Him. That same “will” permits us to later turn from God and return to the world’s ways. He will not force a person to continue in a loving relationship with Him.

While many have different views on free will based on many theological theories, let us turn to the only trustworthy source, the Bible.  These verses clearly demonstrate that we have the ability to choose to have faith in God or to turn from God.

The first example of God giving man free-will is found in Genesis 2:16-17. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” God gave him the free-will to obey or to eat from the tree. Adam and Eve disobey God and we have been following their disobedient way ever since.

The following are a few additional examples of our free-will, our ability to choose.

… how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing (Matthew 23:37).

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life (Revelation 22:17).

choose this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15).

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Mark 8:34).

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).  

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live (Deuteronomy 30:19).

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).

Yes, God has given us the ability to choose to follow God or to turn away form Him.  If we choose God, we will spend eternity with Him and if we reject God, we will spend eternity with all those who have rejected Him, including the devil.

I hope you are wise and choose to follow God the Lord.

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