Love & Free will

head-3088623_960_720People sometimes wonder, if God is sovereign and in control of everything, how can we have a free will? And if we don’t have a free will, and everything is predetermined, what difference does it make what we do? Aren’t we like robots? If the end is already determined and we are like robots, how is it fair for God to judge us?

As a believer, you most likely agree that God is all about love.

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
                                                                 (1 John 4:8)

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.     (Mathew 22: 35-40)

God is love and He wants to be loved. But, if He programmed some people like robots to accept Him and thus be ‘chosen’ ones, then He must have also purposely programmed others to reject Him and to not love and accept Him…..does this make sense? Can someone who is compelled to love you really love you? Would He want a world full of ‘Stepford wives’? If God would be happy with this ‘fake love’, why not just program everyone to love Him?

 

After all, we know that:

  • God wants us to love Him and our fellow man.
  • He wants everyone to be saved, not just a chosen few.

The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
                                                            (2 Peter 3:9)

Tell them: As I live”–the declaration of the Lord GOD–“I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel?”
                                                            (Ezekiel 33:11)

…..God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.                  (1 Timothy 2:4)

And I (Jesus), when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.  (John 12:32,33)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  (John 3:16,17)

  • God’s supreme ethic is love.
  • He wants everyone saved.
  • Real love is not the same as compliance.

 

 

 

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