Free Will vs. Bondage

Sometimes its difficult to comprehend existence of “free will” and predestination of all-knowing God at the same time. If God knows the future how can we have a free will, and have a choice.

One example that I think made it more clear for me and might help you out is, the idea of a criminal and his patterned behavior. In a case of a criminal act, and when the police is looking for a suspect, most likely one of the places where they will look, is in criminal database. It is known that a person who committed a crime, is likely to commit a crime again.

Imagine a situation where the police have found a suspect, and are checking criminal records to help them out with this specific case, and when they have found a repeat offense, the police officer, after looking at the results says, “I knew it”. We obviously know that he couldn’t possibly look into the future and know for a fact that the individual would have the criminal records, but for the sake of the argument let’s assume he did know, or at least was very, very sure. Lets ask our self a question, if he did know, did he cause the person to commit that crime in the past? If you can predict, a certain pattern of behavior, and with certainty figure out what the next move will be of a specific individual, will you actually cause him to do a certain act? If God knows every detail of our life and the world around us, and just because he knows does he really cause or make a person do a certain act? Now, the next question is then, how do we still have a choice?

This is where a pattern, or bondage comes in. If a criminal is always a criminal, and statistically if a person is likely to repeat a crime, whose fault is it? I believe we do have free will, and we can choose. But our choices are limited. To start from the basic thinking, as pastor Mark Driscoll said, paraphrasing, we can’t choose to be 7 feet tall, or we can not choose to fly. If we go a little further and look at practical choices, such as choosing your mate. We can choose to marry anyone we want, but we don’t marry a person at random. We want that one specific person, our soul mate. Our choices are limited because of our heart, we only choose what we want, desire, love.

Going back to the criminal, and his patterned behavior, he has a choice to stop committing a crime and become a “good person”, but we often see that, that is not the case, and police knows that very well. So it seems like we are under some kind of bondage, and it pulls us to choose a certain way and do certain things. So, hopefully this makes it more clear that free will, and predestination are not mutually exclusive, and can co-exist together. God knows, whats going to happen, and it will happen because he knows the intent of our hearts, he knows what we want, and usually only wants what is good for us. We are selfish and evil by nature and choice and at the same time, we are responsible for our own choices.

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