If “Free Will” doesn’t exist, then God is controlling the fowl attitude Christians have when they mock each other and call each other stupid.
I see this a lot from our calvinist friends, saying “muh Free will!!” Pretending to be a brainless Christian.
This behavior is reprehensible. And it’s becoming far too common. But the irony when this behavior is the essence surrounding the topic of “free will,” is humorous. They’re essentially saying, “God is controlling me to treat my brothers and sisters like trash.” I’m not sure what God you serve, but it certainly isn’t the God of the Bible, for the scriptures tell us:
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” [Ephesians 4:29]
There’s also an instance where Paul talks to the church in Rome regarding their judgment toward each other, and I’d even go as far as to say that mocking Christians by saying, “muh Free will!” Is worse than judgment, it’s straight slander by means of a straw man argument.
The “Anti-Free Willers,” use verses about Gods sovereignty out of context to impose a philosophy that we are just mindless robots doing and saying what God controls us to do, even as far as throwing stones at each other. You quite literally have to rip chapter 14 out of Romans to make this already-limp-theology stand, with the aid of leg braces.
No Free Will means no accountability, everything is Gods fault with this notion. So what does the Bible indicate? Ironically, my first example will declare whether or not you understand a word I’m saying:
“Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” [John 7:17]
There’s 2 ways to look at this verse. The first is to believe Jesus is being controlled to say these words, the second is to notice the words, “anyone who CHOOSES to do the will of God.”
The first interpretation is easily refutable, because in the previous verse, verse 16, Jesus says that it’s not his message, but that the message comes from God.
This isn’t Jesus being programmed like a computer, it’s a “Message,” meaning out of reverence for the Father, he speaks. A King doesn’t force a Messenger to give a message, he entrusts a Messenger because they are willing to deliver it.
Let’s look at more examples in the Bible regarding decisions:
-But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. [Joshua 24:15]
-If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.” [Isaiah 30:21]
-Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. [Romans 12:2]
-The Entire Book of Jonah
Isaiah 30:21 in conjunction with Romans 12:2 gives you the very understanding of Free Will, that you can stray from the path. If we were programmed machines, there wouldn’t be any need for the Bible.
This is a morbid concept, that we are mindless robots acting off programming instead of faith. When Romans 12:2 says, “but LET God transform you,” it’s equally indicating that you are given the freedom to push back. Does that work in conjunction with scripture? It sure does:
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
The Bible talks about choices constantly, ranging from taming the tongue, financial decisions, wise decisions, spousal decisions, the list goes on and on. To teach people that God created robots is biblical illiteracy. To teach that a God who “wishes none shall perish,” but created some people just to burn for eternity, is a character assassination on our God. Many of you may be reading this, nodding your head, saying, “Yes! But what about Love isn’t love without the choice to obey?” That too is a great example, but the people who are teaching this filth have no regard for true love. They teach control, because they want control.
For the Bible tells us, that how we treat others, is a reflection of what we think of God himself. Rebuke that teaching. It’s shameful that It’s most prevalent amongst Calvinists. And I beg you to not see this as slander, but correction. Because if you’re “Chosen,” like you claim to be, then you shall be held to that standard. Teaching that we are pre-programmed robots is inaccurate, and it’s a detrimental philosophy which leads people to stand before God in judgment day blaming him for anything they did wrong.