I don’t understand why God will give us free will but then punish us if we do not do what he wants.
If “free will” means that God gives humans the opportunity to make choices that genuinely affect their destiny, then yes, human beings do have a free will. The world’s current sinful state is directly linked to choices made by Adam and Eve. God created mankind in His own image, and that included the ability to choose.
However, free will does not mean that mankind can do anything he pleases. Our choices are limited to what is in keeping with our nature. For example, a man may choose to walk across a bridge or not to walk across it; what he may not choose is to fly over the bridge—his nature prevents him from flying. In a similar way, a man cannot choose to make himself righteous—his (sin) nature prevents him from canceling his guilt (Romans 3:23). So, free will is limited by nature.
This limitation does not mitigate our accountability. The Bible is clear that we not only have the ability to choose, we also have the responsibility to choose wisely. In the Old Testament, God chose a nation (Israel), but individuals within that nation still bore an obligation to choose obedience to God. And individuals outside of Israel were able to choose to believe and follow God as well (e.g., Ruth and Rahab).
In the New Testament, sinners are commanded over and over to “repent” and “believe” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Acts 3:19; 1 John 3:23). Every call to repent is a call to choose. The command to believe assumes that the hearer can choose to obey the command.
Jesus identified the problem of some unbelievers when He told them, “You refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:40). Clearly, they could have come if they wanted to; their problem was they chose not to. “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7), and those who are outside of salvation are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20-21).
But how can man, limited by a sin nature, ever choose what is good? It is only through the grace and power of God that free will truly becomes “free” in the sense of being able to choose salvation (John 15:16). It is the Holy Spirit who works in and through a person’s will to regenerate that person (John 1:12-13) and give him/her a new nature “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). Salvation is God’s work. At the same time, our motives, desires, and actions are voluntary, and we are rightly held responsible for them.
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Free will gives you freedom of choice between evil and good. Removing this freedom is like tyranny or a dictature. G-d is not like that. He’s more like a Law Maker. The problem is, He has to apply the Law. So because He is so holy and can’t stand any sin at all, not even a small one, He would have to punish the whole world by a global cataclysm (or something like that) if He removed free will and started to punish each one. You see, He could not privilege one over another unless the culprit had already paid the fine or did his sentence. That’s where J’esus comes in. He did our sentence so we can have free will and hopefully will abide by the law from now on.
I can prove there is free will: I can sin. That’s simple. I can choose to deliberately to commit evil. But you as there is free will you can’t prove there is no free will. Only the angels (archangels, cherubs, seraphs, etc) have no free will and therefore when some angels decided to follow the bad example of Lucifer (now called Satan since his fall), they were condemned for ever. That’s free will or lack of free will for you. So what do you prefer, free will and the possibility of repentance and forgiveness or the lack of free will and condemnation with no parole!
G-d does not have to test us. That’s the role of Satan. Read the book of Job in the Bible.
G-d has the right to punish us if we sin because He is the Judge. And like a Parent, He has to make sure that there is some justice, perhaps not right now because of free will, but in the after life, He will right things from wrong. I set some rules for my children, now if they disobey, I have to punish them… But remember that my kids sins are way smaller that most of our sins against G-d and each other.
Not freewill but freedom of choice but the choices have been provided. If someone use the knowledge of evil to do harm then God must deal with that person. Why do you judge God for what you believe is wrong? If you didn’t think something is wrong why would you judge in the first place? God does not punish for not choosing Him but if we do harm. If we don’t choose to know Him then He like a perfect gentleman allows you to go by. Those who do not decide to enter Eternity will simply cease to exist even in memory after judgement as if they never existed at all. Those who cleave to illusion take on the nature of illusion which is to pass away. Illusion is whatever appears and disappears like a mirage and so time can measure it. There is also a law He created to govern the physical and that is you will reap what you sow. If you sow corn in your field don’t complain when you are eating cornbread come harvest time.
Wn God created the first human, he produced more than just a body with a brain. Further, God did not creahete Adam and Eve to be mindless robots. He implanted in them the faculty of free will. And that was a fine gift, for “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
Yes, “perfect is his activity.” (Deuteronomy 32:4) All of us appreciate this gift of free will because we do not want all our thoughts and actions dictated to us without ever having a choice in anything.
However, was the fine gift of free will to be used without limits? In directions given to early Christians, God’s Word answers: “Be as free people, and yet holding your freedom, not as a blind for badness, but as slaves of God.” (1 Peter 2:16) For the common good, there must be boundaries. Hence, free will was to be regulated by the rule of law. Otherwise, anarchy would result.
If Jehovah hadn’t given us free will then we would all be walking around like robots. Never being able to make decisions, have any likes or dislikes of our own. It would have made Jehovah a dictator.
Free will is meant to be used in connection with Jehovahs laws.
Free will is misinterpreted. For instance Jehovah gave us free will as a gift, however, we are supposed to use this gift wisely and unselfishly. For instance one person might prefer apples to banannas, another might prefer the piano to the guitar. This is an unselfish use of free will.
Selfish use of free will is when we go against Jehovahs laws. Such as Murder, Rape etc…you could liken it to human rights laws only better really. Should a person be allowed to rape whoever he chooses because that’s his life and his mind and it’s his choice and never be punished? No, because his free will is negatively affecting others and he is taking away another persons free will/human rights.
If you had no free will you wouldn’t be able to ask this question because you wouldn’t have any questions. As I said it is a gift from Jehovah but many abuse it.
According to the bible he didn’t, the devil tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit which gave her free will. God could not undo this ( is he really omnipotent? Is it all part of the bigger plan?).
So God didn’t give us free will, the devil did and to answer your question have you ever played sims? After a while it gets boring playing without free will so you just let them get on with it…
in hopes that we would freely love and serve him
God does not punish you. He gives you a clear choice and lets you decide which is best for you. If you choose self and hell that thats on you – not God
you know the drill
Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Eze 33:11 Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?
God has given man free agency to choose for him self ever lasting life or ever lasting damnation. Good or Evil.
God is a just God and what we do on this earth we will be judge form. No matter if ye do good or evil we all will be judge of our works, and the way we treat others.
Would you rather have God take your free agency away from you ,and have God say to you.
I have see your abomination and now you are going to go to hell for ever and ever with out end even before you were born. God know were he will place you heaven or hell.
Would you not then say Lord please give me a chance to prove that I can change so that you will not put me in hell. Give me a chance Lord please. You see God is a Just God, You now see this is why God has given man there free agency to make choices wail they are here on earth.
What will you do with your free agency for God is a just God. And does give us many opportunities to make good changes in our lives, before it is to late and we pass on from this life .
Because once we pass from this life it become to late to change then ye shell be judge according to your deeds and goodness or wickedness, or ungodliness or unholy deeds. Do well with your free agency that ye many have place in Gods kingdom with our brother Jesus the Christ. And not have place with the father of all lies Lucifer our brother the Devil.
He wants to test us.
Because we have free will, we have to make the choices for ourselves. Bad choices will result in us getting punished. Good choices will result in us getting rewards.
You can choose what ever you want, as long as you are happy with the consequence.
and i don’t understand what it is about that idea that some people don’t understand.. think about it applied somewhere else, you’re free to walk wherever you want to, but if you walked in front of a moving bus you’d be killed.. you’re free to walk up a mountain and to then choose to walk down it or throw yourself off it, and you’re free to make either of those choices, but one choice will be bad for you, and the other won’t.. and so on .. if hell’s real, and it’s when you don’t take god’s advice that’ll cause you to end up in hell, then you’re perfectly free to take that advice or not, but if you don’t take it then you’ll end up in hell, and nobody will have forced your hand, your actions will have been your own