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Why make an effort to get saved if my life is pre destined by God?

Say, for the sake of argument, that free will is definitely real. Now, consider some arbitrary person (for convenience, we'll call him "John"). Let's say, also, that John was born in 1000 AD....
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Is praying futile given that God respects our Free Will and is omniscient?

There are lots of complexities around prayer, but this is not one of them. It's true that many of the things involved in you getting bread to eat involve your own decisions, but many do not. For ...
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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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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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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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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

Thanks to Isaac Middlemiss and Luke Hill's inputs, I can answer my own question. There are at least two relevant terms: Transworld damnation: The proposal of transworld damnation is not the doctrine ...
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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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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

This question is answered directly in the text of the Bible. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. ...
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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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Are there any other agreed-upon definitions of "free will" within mainstream Christianity?

If Libertarian Free Will means human wills are able to make decisions without any external compelling force, then there are a variety of Christian views which would claim they teach it, ranging from ...
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Why make an effort to get saved if my life is pre destined by God?

Why make an 'effort' ? Because he is God. Because he made me. Because he gave me the gift of an existence. And the gift of a humanity ; of thought ; of feelings ; of abilities ; of mind ; of heart ; ...
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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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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

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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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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How can God be loving and just whilest creating people for His wrath? I cannot wrap my head around Calvinism!

"Please help me understand how God can be characterized as merciful, just, and righteous within the Calvinist framework." I will do my best, for I have studied Reformed/Calvinistic theology ...
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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

On a quick Google, the idea that those who die unsaved would not have believed no matter what else could have happened is called Transworld damnation. You're not wrong that it is directly related to ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

You're switching your morality definitions between your premises. One counter to your premises that shows this comes from divine command theory which, essentially, states that God's will is the ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

The concept of 'character' has developed a certain way with the fairly recent trend that promotes individualism. Perhaps the question has been influenced by this, because I note that in Young's ...
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Is belief in God a matter of choice, a bestowed gift, or a result of reasoned consideration of evidence?

Is belief in God a matter of choice, a bestowed gift, or a result of reasoned consideration of evidence? Comparatively speaking most Christian denominations would accept that all three ways play a ...
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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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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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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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Is praying futile given that God respects our Free Will and is omniscient?

Here's an example of how God can bring something about that is part of his plan, without violating anyone's free will. Let's take a guy named Bob. God, being omniscient, knows everything about Bob, ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

To paraphrase an idea from Dale Renlund, God does not simply want us to be well-behaved pets in the celestial living room, but to be full heirs of His glory (see Romans 8:17). This life, then, is a ...
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How do Christians that believe in creatio ex nihilo answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. -...
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How do Christians that believe in creatio ex nihilo answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

This is a good question for highlighting various assumptions around God's purpose for humanity and the terms we associate with it like "perfection" and "character". To begin, ...
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Are there any other agreed-upon definitions of "free will" within mainstream Christianity?

Donald Mackay contributed a view of free will that he called "Logical Indeterminacy". The central point was that there is no prediction of what Fred will choose next that, if presented to ...
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Why make an effort to get saved if my life is pre destined by God?

God appoints the means as well as the result. If the result for you is to be in Heaven, God supplies everything needed to accomplish this. Ephesians 1:3-14 lists many of the separate steps that are ...
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