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That is a great question, and sometimes I have pondered that myself. Through study of the scriptures and church resources I have come to this conclusion: What is Agency? Basically, agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves. Agency is essential to God's Plan of Salvation. Without it, we could not make the choices ...


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The statement of "choosing to go to hell" is an over-simplification that really is an example of intellectual laziness, and is a great example of the difference between the "true theology" of a group and the type of pop-theology that springs up and causes great confusion. Looking at it from any side, saying that people choose to go to hell does not make ...


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Because some things cannot be accomplished by the application of power. Suppose I asked you to draw a 4-sided triangle. You would presumably reply that this is impossible, because a triangle by definition has only 3 sides. Suppose I then say, Well, what if you had 10 really strong men to help? Then could you do it? Of course the logical reply is that it ...


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The quote is from C.S.Lewis in "Mere christianity", book 4, chapter 3 "Time And Beyond Time".


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I haven't personally read Alvin Plantinga, but I've read that he tried to answer question of "natural evil" in a very interesting way. See some short description here http://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-log/#H6 and more in his books: "The Nature of Necessary", "God, Freedom, and Evil". What I personally think is that there is a great problem of perception. I think ...


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A friend of mine who has been reading a great deal of John Calvin's Institutes said something to me a couple months ago which has been resonating within me ever since. At this point (as of today, that is) I'm beginning to think that what my friend had to say--thanks, in part, to Calvin--is probably closer to the truth than what I believed previously. What ...


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Here are some potentially relevant passages: Proverbs 16:9 (NASB) The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. Jeremiah 10:23 (NASB) I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. These two passages suggest than humans have the power of choice, though not the power to ...


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I'm going to take the middle of the road and say that free will (or agency) is the ability to choose between good and evil; those who consistently choose the former will, in the end, be saved. Choosing, like you said, requires knowledge of good and evil options. It seems that different opinions on the meaning of agency stem from opinions of whether ...


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You are not the first thoughtful person ever to have thought what you think about the "free will of man" and the sovereignty of God. (I put the free will of man in quotation marks, because I think it more accurate to say "man's ability to decide," or "man's ability to make decisions." The only will which is truly free belongs to God, and He alone is free to ...


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From your question, and the comments I have read, there seems to be a basic misunderstanding as to what existing outside of time means, So before we get to the free will part, let's take up that first. Existing outside of time does not mean that things stand still nor that things outside of time are not sequential. Time was invented by God in Genesis, as a ...


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First Answering Q. According to Catholic Tradition - Was Jesus' experience on Earth scripted? No it wasn't, but it followed a known 'script'. Q. Or did human actors shape it? Yes they did. Q. Specifically: According to Catholic Tradition - Were the people who came into contact with Jesus acting of their own free will? Yes they were. Q. Specifically: Or ...


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Free-willed and self-willed are not generally the same thing. A free will is free to choose, where as a self-will has already chosen (self). Adam was created with a “free will” in that he was at liberty to determine the target of his faith. Faith in the "word of God" would have dismissed the wiles of the serpent. However, he elected to trust the words of ...


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This is an issue with the translation. See eg the NIV: Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless – not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Furthermore, the word the KJV translates as selfwilled can mean: self-pleasing, self-willed, arrogant "Self-willed" would ...


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Understanding this question as part of "Why God, foreseeing that his creatures would use the gift of free will for their own injury, did not either abstain from creating them, or in some way safeguard their free will from misuse, or else deny them the gift altogether?"1 1. cf. Evil | New Advent. The article Evil | New Advent, presents St. Thomas Aquinas' ...


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He was created for the glory of God... There have been similar questions as to why the earth was created, and all points to only one direction, which is to glorify God. All things were made to his glory.


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It means that in the end, you get what you choose. If you chose evil, consequences follow. If you choose good, consequences follow. Also remember that our motives matter. There IS as difference whether I reject Christianity because I didn't understand, or because I fear that my friends will laugh at me if I openly show it. That happens more often than you ...


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There isn't really anything here unique to LDS belief. Every Christian believes that both God and prophets have seen the future. And almost all Christians believe that men are free to choose right or wrong. There are a lot of ways to explain this. The simplest is probably this: Knowing someone's decision in the past doesn't mean they didn't have free ...


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There are some basics which you need to consider here; that change the whole precept of the question. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. God is omniscient! God knew from before he created the Angels; exactly how all things would unfold for Eternity. God is Omnipotent! God is all powerful, he has the power to ...


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Read Luke 15:11-31. The younger son did not seek to leave because he was evil. He sought to leave because he had not yet learned to appreciate what he had on the farm. The father might have been able to physically prevent the younger son from leaving, but he could not have made the younger son happy on the farm. It was only after the younger son had ...


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When tend to think of God as merely a very powerful human who nevertheless operates within the rules of the universe we understand. He doesn't. God is outside the universe. He created it, every feature of it. He created time, he created causality and thus set the laws of logic. To ask, what was god doing when he created time is to ask, "What time was it ...



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