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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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If we will have free will and be sinless in Heaven at the same time, then why did God not create a world with sinless free creatures to begin with?

Introduction I see your question as boiling down to the following: There is no sin in heaven, but free will continues; is it possible for God to create such a world via fiat? If yes, why did he create ...
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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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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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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will respond to R.C. Sproul's critique in the article "What Is Free Will?"?

The first view is what I’m going to call the “humanist” view of free will, which I would say is the most widely prevalent view of human freedom that we find in our culture. I’m sad to say that, in my ...
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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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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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If we will have free will and be sinless in Heaven at the same time, then why did God not create a world with sinless free creatures to begin with?

A Related Question With a Common Answer A strikingly similar question is asked of Alma in the Book of Mormon: 20 ...what is this that thou hast said, that man should rise from the dead and be changed ...
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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will respond to R.C. Sproul's critique in the article "What Is Free Will?"?

As someone who holds to libertarian free will, I can immediately spot that what Sproul describes in "Spontaneous Choice" is not, in fact, libertarian free will, but goes beyond the accepted ...
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What is the biblical basis for libertarian free will (no predestination)?

First I'm going to assume agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves. The earliest reference I can find is in Genesis 2:16 where Adam can freely choose what ...
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What is the biblical basis for libertarian free will (no predestination)?

I would like to add to the list of very clear indications of the Bible's position on free will. The observation comes from this verse: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John ...
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What biblical support do Arminians and open theists find for libertarian free will?

I will address some background issues prior to bringing the point home. Yes, most believe in a sinful nature for mankind. I believe along with Dallas Willard and all those in the Wesleyan tradition ...
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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will respond to R.C. Sproul's critique in the article "What Is Free Will?"?

Sproul's argument is what I will loosely refer to as a "false trichotomy". When presented formally, it looks like this: Let A = No free will Let B = What Sproul calls "humanist free ...
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If we will have free will and be sinless in Heaven at the same time, then why did God not create a world with sinless free creatures to begin with?

Bit late to the party, but I thought I'd offer a couple of additional possibilities: Because it makes our relationship with Him more meaningful Perhaps what makes a free relationship more meaningful ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

St Thomas says "a character means a distinctive sign" https://www.newadvent.org/summa/4072.htm#article5 He in this article he talks about the "Character of Baptism" and the "...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

How does Christianity define "character"? This is a too broad of a subject matter to define with any exactitude. So many variables are at play in such definitions and many of them can ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

Definitions of free will tend to involve what can be chosen; that is, what options are actually available to choose from and what internal or external forces are at work to cause or impinge on the ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

I can't speak for all of Christianity, but here are four examples from denominations that believe building a perfect character is the fundamental purpose of Creation: Glossary | United Church of God ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

Caveat: I cannot comment on the concept of libertarian free will and if character is an essential part of the definition. And I am not qualified to comment on “the rejection of causal determinism ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

Character has been defined as doing the right thing even when no one is looking. Of course that definition doesn’t work in any religious setting where an all knowing God sits observing every deed done ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

Let's break character out into 3 pieces: Axioms - what are the fundamental beliefs that direct my decision-making, priorities, and aspirations? Nature - what do I want? Paul argues that it is ...
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According to believers in libertarian free will, do all human beings have a genuine chance to freely choose to live a perfect sinless life?

99.99999% yes, leaving room for error and the possible very rare exception. I think the best argument for this is 1 Corinthians 10:13 - "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. ...
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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?

A few thoughts: The passages you cited do not necessarily imply that few people will be saved - even authors at reformed sites like The Gospel Coalition acknowledge this point. Some passages imply ...
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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?

Is it possible in the time dependent realm to have (statistical) and absolute statements from God about the “future” which are not conflicting with libertarian free will? Please consider the following....
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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?

God exists outside of time. First, you have to remember that God exists outside of linear time. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a ...
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How do Christians that advocate libertarian free will interpret Romans 9:14-24?

I would recommend reading my answers to each of the two questions linked in the comments of your post, but to give a brief answer as someone who holds to LFW: I am not inclined to believe that this ...
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How do Christians that advocate libertarian free will interpret Romans 9:14-24?

Here is Aquinas' commentary on Romans: But if willing does not depend on the man willing or exertion on the man exerting himself, but on God moving man to this, it seems that man is not master of his ...
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What is the biblical basis for libertarian free will (no predestination)?

As you defined free will or the ability to choose, begins in the garden of Eden. God gave it to mankind when he told Adam; (All Scripture is quoted from the King James Version) Genesis 2:16 and 17 ...
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What biblical support do Arminians and open theists find for libertarian free will?

I’m not a traditionalist, nor an Arminian. I am, I suppose an open theist in that I believe man has limited free will. One of my favorite examples of free will is foreknowledge does not equal ...
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