The ability of agents to make choices free from certain kinds of constraints

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Why does God punish people? [duplicate]

Suppose one was to believe God exists and God gave us free will, and that God punishes those people who sin. If God gives us free will, why punish those that exercise their free will in a certain ...
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

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 ...
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When the humans' freedom of choice was firstly stated in Christianity?

When and where was it firstly stated in the history of Christianity that a human being has a personal freedom of choice and that God respects it?
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What was John Wesley's view on Original Sin?

John Wesley was a supporter of free will and in opposition to Calvinism which taught predestination... What was his view on Original sin since by logic the baby is predestined to sin by just being ...
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Did Christ have the freedom to choose to avoid crucifixion?

Inspired by this answer, Jesus talks about this authority in John 10:18 (NIV): No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it ...
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Do angels have free will? [closed]

I believe we have free will and that God has free will. It would seem Lucifer also had free will. Do all angels have free will as we do?
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Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God?

Does Christianity say that the events that happen to us are from God? Is it all free will, or free will and God steps in to veto if he wants, or everything from God. I ask because at the Church I go ...
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Do we really have free-will? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will? The bible says that God is omniscient, he knows about you even before you were born, he knew ...
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Why are certain non-harmful behaviors considered sins?

I would like to hear your response on this. In general, there exist a set of behaviors that Christians consider sinful, though these behaviors may not be observed to harm anybody (even the person ...
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Do we have free will to choose salvation or is our “choice” an illusion? [closed]

Researching whether angels have free will and whether God has free will, I found myself in the midst of this question. Is free will an illusion? Our "choice" is that we either follow God or we do ...
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If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?

If it is possible to create beings like Jesus - or to recreate humans as sinless versions of themselves - Was all of creation a mistake? A mistake that all of History in the Bible attempts to ...
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Free will and absolute sovereignty [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will? If God is omniscient, wouldn't He know what the future holds? If He knows the future, how do ...