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What is the biblical basis for libertarian free will (no predestination)?

Although the Bible does contain a certain amount of direct, doctrinal teaching, much of its teaching comes in the form of stories. In the Old Testament, there are the various narratives of people and ...
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How do Open Theists respond to Bible verses claiming God knows the future?

The quote from Jeremiah refers to God's plans. Plans do not require foreknowledge, only forethought. I doubt that Open Theists deny that God plans ahead. The question is whether He has one plan that ...
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Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?

Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life? The short answer is that it is very possible. There are four basic states of life within the Catholic Church: marriage, ...
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LDS Free Agency viewpoint

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 ...
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If it is better that we have free will than not, then why suggest it is preferable to not?

I'll try to answer from a Catholic perspective, so, for example, I'll take for granted that we actually do have free will. Now why is free will a good thing, even though it makes sin possible? The ...
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What is considered to be free choice in the context of "choosing to go to hell"?

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 ...
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Does the Catholic Church allow a professor in a Catholic university to support an idea which is seemingly contrary to Catholic teaching?

Following the commandment "Going therefore, teach ye all nations" (cf. Matthew 28:19 Douay-Rheims-Challoner Version), part of the mission of the Church generally is to educate—not only in ...
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Romans 9:14 to 9:24 and free will

Do all Christians believe in predestination? No. Do all Christians believe in free-will? No. Does the Bible teach predestination? Yes Does the Bible teach Free-Will? Yes Romans informs us ...
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What is the biblical basis for libertarian free will (no predestination)?

I don’t currently personally affirm libertarian free will, though I used to. It’s been a subject of great interest to me so I’ve researched it at length. If a strong case can be made from the Bible, I ...
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Why don't many Christians follow this: " For all the law is fulfilled in one word... Love thy neighbour as thyself." - Galatians 5:14

I see that this question has already accepted an answer, but the comments suggest that some concerns still remain, so I'll attempt to provide an answer that fills in these gaps. I would think that ...
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According to Jacobus Arminius's definition of free will, did Pharaoh have free will?

It depends on what one means by “free will.” If, by free will, one means, a person (in this case, Pharaoh) can make free choices ACCORDING to his nature, then yes, Pharaoh had free will. He had a ...
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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will explain the large imbalance in the ratio of people saved vs. condemned?

Matt 7:13-14 is an empirical observation, not foreknowledge I think you overcomplicate things (by unnecessarily bringing God's foreknowledge vs. libertarian freedom) neglected to consider the ...
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Why did God create people who would reject him?

Several ways of answering this are possible, some of them less pleasing to the ears, others less pleasing to the mind, and all of them depending on your view of foreknowledge, free-will, and the '...
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Looking for source for quote from Christian author

The quote is from C.S.Lewis in "Mere christianity", book 4, chapter 3 "Time And Beyond Time".
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What is the Calvinist and Hyper-Calvinist understanding of the "whosoever will" from Rev. 22:17?

The term "hyper-Calvinist" is a moving target, due to its pejorative nature, but several historical theologians are widely considered to fall under that label. I'll examine the views of two ...
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According to Reformed Theology, why do unbelievers deserve punishment?

The simple answer is that God has decided that the wages of sin is death. It is entirely up to God as to what punishment sin deserves, and the punishment God chose was eternal damnation. The ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there any supernatural (non-physical, non-mathematical, non-scientific) part of a human being?

The answer can be found here in the Catechism of the Catholic Church; in particular, it says: 366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" ...
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Why don't many Christians follow this: " For all the law is fulfilled in one word... Love thy neighbour as thyself." - Galatians 5:14

Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as ...
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What Scriptures tell us what man having free will actually means?

tl;dnr The scriptures tell us we do not have free will. We cannot choose Christ unless God supernaturally causes us to desire him and so causes us to choose him. Further, we cannot make even the ...
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How do Arminians reconcile free will with God's omnipotence logically?

Arminians and other varieties of non-Calvinists reconcile the all-powerful nature of God with His allowance of free will to men, within the limits of physics he has given them, as God constrains ...
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Why did God create Adam and Eve so that they would sin?

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 ...
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What does it mean when God 'hardens' a heart?

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 ...
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What is the Catholic concept of "freedom to sin"?

To the extent that an act is compelled by an outside source, the actor is not responsible for it: Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so ...
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How does Ravi Zacharias reconcile prayer with free will?

Ravi Zacharias sort of assumes (but I don't think ever tries to prove) that God is sovereign, and in that sovereignty has decided to give us wills of our own. To begin the chapter "Does Prayer ...
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What Bible passages do Jehovah’s Witnesses use to support their view on free will?

Anytime you want an official position of Jehovah's Witnesses on a particular topic use Google search of your key words and add jw.org . I typed free will jw.org and numerous hits came up that link ...
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What is the biblical basis for libertarian free will (no predestination)?

There are a lot of answers to this question, but none that directly reference my preferred verses in Romans or the story of the Exodus. I like using these verses, because they appear in the same ...
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Genesis 2:17 and free will

He is trying in a “soft” way (i.e. not with absolute impossibility) to suppress freedom of choice by prohibiting to obtain the required knowledge to choose. There was no suppression of the freedom of ...
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What level of will-power do humans have according to Luther?

To what extent Luther thought human's have 'free will' is actually not fully disclosed in any of his writings. In general Luther opposed all notions of free-will, as those espousing the term always ...
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