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Is God Sovereign or Does Man Have Free Will?

| April 24, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt   Some Christians believe that God’s sovereignty over events on earth means that he ignores or overrides the free will of human beings. Other Christians believe that God only makes decisions after seeing what human beings will decide, and thus he is not really sovereign over everything. Under this second view, […]

Why Does a Good Creature Choose Evil?

| July 19, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt Since the Fall, we know why people choose evil – we are all born with original sin that saturates our soul.  The Fall, however, does not explain why Adam and Eve, or even Satan, used their free will to choose evil, to reject God. This question may never be answered this […]

Does Free Will Mean that You Can Choose Not to Be Harmed?

| May 4, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt In the past when I’ve discussed free will in the context of the problem of evil, I have had skeptics come along and deny that God has granted humans free will because children who choose not to be molested are sometimes molested, or women who choose not to be raped are […]

What Is the Cause of Our Salvation?

| April 2, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt This question first came to a dramatic head in the church in the fifth and sixth centuries.  There were four main protagonists. Augustine of Hippo argued that salvation is totally and causatively of God’s grace. A contemporary of Augustine, Pelagius, argued that salvation is totally and causatively of man’s free will. […]

Can God Know Our Future Free Actions?

| January 7, 2010

Post Author: Darrell I recently had a conversation with Seth over on Markcares’s blog regarding God’s foreknowledge. Seth believes that man’s freedom is incompatible with God’s foreknowledge. As a result, he believes that God cannot know the future. Here are a couple of his comments. A being is not “free” unless capable of acting otherwise […]

Does God Send People to Hell? – #2 Post of 2009

| December 30, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt God wishes every person to avoid hell and be saved from it (2 Pet 3:9).  Christians do not believe God sends people to hell.  Hell is freely chosen by those who reject God. God gave every person the power of free will and the most important decision we will make with that […]

Will You Give Up Your Free Will to Rid the World of Evil?

| November 5, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt One of the most common objections to belief in God is the problem of evil.  One form of the problem of evil sounds like this: “I can’t believe in a God who allows children to be sexually molested.  If there was a God, He wouldn’t allow such things to occur.” I […]

Does God Know What I Will Freely Do? Part 2

| September 6, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Yesterday, I posted on the issue of free will and God’s knowledge of of human free acts in the future.  This is an area the church has grappled with for centuries.  But how do other major worldviews deal with this issue? Most atheists think they can avoid the issue by denying […]

Does God Know What I Will Freely Do? Part 1

| September 5, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Some people get hung up on the idea that God can know, for sure, what I will freely do in the future.  Their argument goes something like this:  if whatever God knows will certainly occur (as virtually all Christians agree), then either I am not free to act or God does […]

Can Man Choose God On His Own?

| April 18, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt  No.  The Bible seems to clearly teach that God must call on man before man will respond.  Original sin has caused man to reject God without God’s intervention.  Jesus said, ““This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him” (John 6:65).  […]

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