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What is "Free Will"?
From the Bible: Hebrews 10:26 ¶ "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"
The word "Wilfully" dissected:
From the Strong's Concordance
The word "wilfully" from the verse quoted above is the translation of the Greek word "hekousiōs"
1) voluntarily, willingly, of one's own accord a) to sin wilfully as opposed to sins committed inconsiderately, and from ignorance or from weakness. ~Source
Now why would God warn us about sinning "wilfully" if we have no "free will"? Why that's illogical.
Here's another usage of that same Greek word for "wilfully" in the new Testament:
1Peter 5:2 "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;"
"Willingly" is the same exact Greek word (hekousiōs) used in Hebrews 10:26
Here's another similar Greek word.
1) unforced, voluntary, willing
2) of one's own will
3) of one's own accord
1 Corinthians 9:17 "For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation [of the gospel] is committed unto me."
"No Free Will" you say? Hmmm, sounds like false doctrine to me. I have provided three verses in the Bible that refute your "no Free Will" claim. These verses are used in the context of making choices using free will. These verses can not be ignored. I have, at least made a case against "no free will" from the Bible.
Be careful what you say. You can make God to look like He's double minded (to the unlearned).
Now it's important to mention that these verses are all being applied in the context of saved men using their free wills. Because Jesus has set us free from the bondage of satan we now can use our free wills to serve God more completely. In other words, God opens the door for us. Doors satan can not close. In God's mercy he does this.
As Paul states,
"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." 1Cor 15:10
Paul states that "the grace" that was "bestowed" upon him "was not in vain." Can we receive grace in vain?
"We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." 2 Cor 6:1
Paul used his free will and knowledge of God and the gifts God gave him to labour "more abundantly than they all". Paul states in the Scripture above that "... if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward" 1 Cor 9:17
And we will receive a reward if we labor for God.
"Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour." 1 Cor 3:8
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal 6:7
As Jesus also stated,
"But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." Luke 12:48
Say you are sitting under a tree in total ignorance of the knowledge of God. Not knowing the Lord at all and God has a messenger of His come by that tree and sees you sitting there and he turns and says to you, "Seek God."
Well, then you now know you should "seek God."
And then what does God say?
"But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." Deuteronomy 4:29
"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:" Isaiah 55:6
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you". Matthew 6:33
"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Luke 11:9, 10
"God that made the world and all things therein,....hath determined... That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us..." Acts 17:22-31
So God hath determined that all men shall "seek God" So don't go around saying "men can't seek God" that's absolutely untrue.
Then someone may say, "What about this verse?"
"...There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3:10-12
This is true, it takes God's prompting through preaching His Word or God directly guiding you to His Word like what happened to me. When I needed God most in my life He supernaturally lead me to His Word where I received the instructions from God on what to do.
This page should bring the Fear of God upon you. The fear of God is wisdom. Job 28:28.
"The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death." Proverbs 14:27
The Fear of the Lord causes you to stay in Him. the fear of God is "love". Because it helps us to keep God's commandments. And God stated that "love" is the keeping of God's commandments. So God gives us the fear of Him because He loves us. Fear is good in some aspects. Fearing God is good. Fearing running out into a busy intersection with fast moving cars is good also. A bad fear is the fear of man.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John 2:3
More Verses Showing that We make our own Choices and God responds accordingly
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:
Joshua 24:15, 21-23
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
Isaiah 66:3, 4
He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.