Why Free will is Not Only Unscriptural But Also Impossible
Probably the most accepted of all church doctrines is the doctrine of free will. Free will is the ability to make free choices. Many people mistakenly believe that if somebody is given a list of choices for something, that person has a free will. Most christians not only believe this, they believe the bible teaches that God gave us a free will to choose everything. Well, if they interpret free will to be the ability to make choices then they are correct. The bible has hundreds of examples of where mankind has had to make choices, and has many examples of consequences for making bad choices. However, is that what freewill means and are christians consistent in defining this term? I say, absolutelly not. And I think the facts are on my side, here.
First of all, free will (or free moral agency) is the ability to make uncaused choices. Now, almost all ministers and their congregations will say that our choices are not caused. This however, is completely false. Any scientist will assert that every effect must have a cause. Our choices are no different. We may think that our choice came to us totally out of the blue, but this doesn't mean that there are not thousands of variables that lead to us making that choice (check online for an article by Michael Hanelon, "So is free will just an illusion?"). Even deciding on vanilla or chocolate requires us to make a decision. A decision is never absolutely random. You may choose vanilla because you had a good experience the last time you chose vanilla. Or, you may decide to choose the other this time to try something different. And this is just for choosing flavors of ice cream. Imagine the decisions that are the result of:
1. Who our parents are and how they raised us.
2. Where and when we were born.
3. Who we are able to interact with throughout our lives.
4. And most importantly, how our genetics work to make us who we are physically, emotionaly and intellectually.
We do not have the ability to make uncaused choices. And if you think you can choose freely by changing your mind at the last second, the cause was your wanting to go against your intitial plan of action. Let's say that you scratch your nose. I ask, why did you scratch your nose. You would probably say because it itched. So was that choice free? No. It itched. That's what caused you to decide to scratch your nose. So go ahead and let it itch if you think that will make it a free choice. It won't, though.
Now, the churches dogmatically state that we choose God with our "free will". In other words, we make an uncaused choice to choose God. This abosolutely goes against the scriptures and shows just how inconsistent the churches are in defining free will. If you remember, I stated that many feel that free will is the ability to make choices. So therefore, everybody should have the same ability to choose Christ? By this, they are saying that we have no excuse for not choosing Christ as our savior regardless of:
1. Who are parents are and how they raised us.
2. Where and when we are born.
3. Who we are able to interact with throughout our lives.
4. How our genetics work to make us who we are physically, emotionally and intellectually.
But then they may say, well everybody is given a chance.
A chance? Is a chance really enough to expect someone to turn their lives over to Who we may know is their only possible Savior, but SomeOne they rarely hear about? (By the way, there are several people alive and millions over the last two thousand years that have never heard of Jesus Christ.) And they base this assertion on some free will that we all supposedly have. Again, a will is caused by the inumerable experiences one goes through in their lives as well as what they were born with. A will is never free of cause and we never make free choices.
But then, the churches always insist that God gave mankind a free will. I'm sorry, but the scriptures say no such thing. What the scriptures assert is God's absolute sovereignty. From God hardening Pharaoh's heart to Christ choosing His elect, the scriptures are adamant that God is the cause of all. Basically, this means that God sets up situations so that people will make the choices necessarry for His plans to be carried out. But let's be clear on one thing! God does not force people to sin. They sin voluntarilly, That is why man must be judged in order to be saved.
Still the churches insist that God gave mankind a free will out of love. Now, I believe that a free will is scientifically and psychologically impossible. But just to humor the idea:
Would a loving parent give their 2 year old child the free will to choose anything? Perhaps they should be free to run out into the road. Would that parent be commended for showing so much love that he/she gave their child free will to choose? Well, God is so superior to us that our intellectual abilities are considerably less to those of Him than a 2 year olds are less than his/her parent's. So, that is an absolutelly lame arguament,, , . . . . in my oppinion.
The most insulting assertion of the church though, is their insistence that people either choose heaven or hell. . . . . . . . . .????????
Again, what insane lunitic would choose to be tortured for eternity when they could just choose Christ and go to heaven (and why would a loving God honor such an idiotic choice)? Many people weren't ever given the option of choosing Christ. And how do I know this? Because they never believed in Christ. That's how I know. If their minds could wrap around the reality that Christ is Lord, then I'd bet the farm that they would choose Him. But the church just insists on free will. And I firmly believe that this doctrine was invented to get God off of the hook for sending people to this fabled hell. God would have to be absolutelly evil to do such a thing to His created beings. So, if man has some impossible free will, then perhaps, God's not responsible for such a dispicable act. They even invented a crazy story about how evil created itself. So there was this perfect angel named Lucifer, yadayadayada, chose to rebel, became the devil. Wrong again!!
I created the waster to destroy.
So in other words, Satan was created to be the waster.
I tell ya, this Lucifer story is every bit as made up to fit in with the church doctrine of free will as episodes 1 2 and 3 of Star Wars were made up to try and answer how Darth Vader and the Emperor came about.
But if God created the devil, that would mean that God also created evil, right?
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Yep. Guess God has a plan that involves us experiencing evil so that we can build character. But when all is said and done (and some very severe judgment will be done):
1 Cor. 3:15
If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he will forfeit it, yet he shall be saved, yet thus, as through fire
God's plan is perfect for all mankind!!