Saturday, June 25, 2011

Free Will - Comparison; Will A Man Rob God?

This graphic shows considerable ignorance as to what the Bible teaches us about God's character and how God relates to people. Equating a robber robing someone of material wealth that the robber does not deserve or own to God demanding worship is simply stupid. When we are commanded to worship God, it's a matter of God getting from us what He deserves and owed from us. When we worship God we fulfill the purpose for which we were brought into existence. There are as many different ways to worship God as there are people.

I think "Free Will"  is confused here with "Free Choice". They are not synonymous. While we can and do choose to obey God or disobey, we cannot choose to submit ourselves to God on our own. We are enslaved to sin. No matter how much you try you are unable to be sinless on your own without the Holy Spirit empowering you and even then its still a struggle. Without God, there is no struggle because we have no reason struggle against our natures.

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.- Romans 8:5-8

God doesn't send people to hell because we all go to hell by default. It is a gift of God  to submit to His will and repent of our sins. We are unable to do it for ourselves.All you have to do is respond to the offer God is offering us and you will be saved. No one gets saved without making a conscious choice.

40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
 41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
   43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. - John 6:40-46
 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.- Ephesians 2:8-10 » Free Will
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