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Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something God knows for a fact that I will do.

If God knows I will do something, I don't have the free will to not do it, meaning I don't have free will at all. So why does He say we have free will?

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marked as duplicate by David, Dan, Mike, Mawia, Peter Turner Aug 20 '13 at 2:08

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Also a truth question since it has no scope or perspective from which to answer. – Dan Aug 19 '13 at 4:02
You could scope a question like this by narrowing it down to an answerable level. For example 'did Calvin believe humans have free will?' is a answerable question. – Mike Aug 19 '13 at 4:49
The Bible never explicitly says that we have freewill. I don't think the word freewill even exists in the Bible. – Mawia Aug 19 '13 at 8:25
@Mawia, I wasn't going to answer... however your comment forced me :) Please see some examples from the bible in my answer. – The Freemason Aug 19 '13 at 12:53

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “free will” as: “voluntary choice or decision ”

Did God give man “free will”? Does man choose?

Christians believe that the Bible is the “Word of God” and if the Bible is nothing else, it is a petition from God to mankind. So why would God petition mankind if man does not have the ability to choose? It is foolishness to argue with someone that is not culpable.

Free-will is not the same as an independent-will. An independent will is identified in the Bible as a “hard heart”. Pharaoh was “hard hearted”, and he was non-responsive to God. God used Pharaoh’s hard heart for His own purposes, God can do this because God is eternal. He is not bound by space or time.

Man’s fellowship with God is intentioned for man to do the will of God. Jesus said: “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Matthew 12:50).

A “free-will” does not mean that wills are free for the taking, Jesus paid dearly for the "wills" of His followers. Faith is the real issue: Romans 4:16 says: “Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace”. Faith enables God’s grace, faith is honor and respect, a faith-relationship enables the highest love.

Our freedom really only extends to a slave's choice in determining whom we will serve as master. To Whom will you be a slave to? Jesus says: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).

God eternally knows your finished work, He knows every choice you have made! Omniscience means that God knows all things, He is not bound by time, He simultaneously knows the beginning and the end.

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