Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just a Thought (Free Will Has Limits)

Anyone who sees the "free will" of man as an unalienable right, or as an attribute of man that God cannot or will not interrupt, supersede or revoke; he or she must realize that there was one that long ago walked before God who felt the same way. He, too, thought much of his "free will." Five times he declared to God, "I will." It didn't work out for him, either.
How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! But you said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of the assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit. ~ Isaiah 14:12-15
Yes, man has "free will"--although not in the sense it is most often defined (by many Christians and non-Christians): autonomous and sacrosanct. The "free will" of man is neither sovereign nor unlimited. Like everything else in His creation, the will of man is subservient to the will of God.