Calvinism or reformed theology), do so because of an insistence that everyone has ‘free will’ to either choose or reject God on their own. Moreover, when you understand this idea of choices being both free and determined, I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that, when you grasp these concepts Biblically, reformed theology becomes very easy to embrace.
Because reformed theology says that no one freely chooses God in and of themselves, some Christians balk and argue that everyone has the ability to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to God. and that every decision you make is also absolutely determined. People make choices every day regarding what school they will attend, who they will marry, what job they will take, and much more.
We indeed are self-determined beings who freely choose what we want, and yet, those choices are completely determined by our internal desires.
As James notes: “Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own ” (James ).
When we understand that our choices are fully determined by our desire, it becomes clear how our choices are both free and determined.
And the Bible has absolutely nothing to say on the subject of free will.
Scripture clearly lays out how every human being is morally handicapped from birth and unable to choose God on their own.
William Provine) who emphatically state that there is no such thing as free will.
Some (incorrectly) state that this is what reformed theology teaches.
For example, I have the freedom to jump, but on my own, I can’t jump 10 feet into the air.
In other words, you aren’t as ‘free’ as you might think you are.
If you’re one of these believers, I’d like you to consider a few things on this subject beginning with the fact that every choice you make is made freely . When we use the term “free will” where choices are concerned, we normally mean the ability to choose between alternative options with equal ease.
But regarding those choices – why do you choose what you do?
We choose what we desire; we choose according to our strongest inclination at the moment of choice.