Post Author: Bill Pratt
Yes. There is absolutely nothing contradictory about an infinite God being in control of every little electron in the universe, but creating creatures in that same universe who have a special power of free will. God can accomplish everything he wants to accomplish in human affairs through human free will.
While he commands volcanoes to erupt and water to flow as inanimate objects, he commands humans as free creatures. He works in coordination with human freedom, not without it or against it.
Philosophers refer to this as primary and secondary causation. God is the primary cause, and he uses the secondary cause of human free will to accomplish his purposes.
It’s ironic to me that some of my 5-point Calvinist friends say that allowing man to choose takes away from the glory of God.
The reality is that claiming God cannot create free creatures and still bring his plans to fruition is really the position that takes away from God’s glory.
Smoke that in your theological pipe for a minute.