Before moving on with the study of man’s free will vis-à-vis the sovereign and unchangeable will of God, I want to go back just a moment to the article on Adam. Some of what follows is repetition from earlier posts, but bears repeating for the sake of clarity. Since the posting of earlier articles dealing … Continue reading Back to the Garden 2
Since the 16th Century and the radical changes that took place during the Reformation, the church has debated the apparent conflict between the perfect, sovereign will of God and the free will and responsibility of man. The argument continues unabated today. There seems to be no easy solution to the apparent conflict, although there have been several attempts through the centuries
Adam, created perfectly and placed in a perfect environment, discovered that, when dependent upon his own free will, could not make a decision for righteousness. How then can fallen man living in a corrupt world be expected to do what Adam could not?
“If man’s will is so absolutely corrupt, and if man cannot see righteousness, and if he is unable to seek after God, then how can a person come to choose Christ?” These are good questions. The answer may not be so easy.
Does man have free will when it comes to matters of righteousness? How does man's will relate to God's sovereignty? This article begins to try to answer these questions.
Many people will argue that God gave man the gift of free will in the Garden of Eden. A close study of the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve may indicate a more sinister source.