Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Freedom To Choose Repost

The following is another chapter from [Bittersweet Refinements].  Since each part is connected to the rest, it would do you well to keep reading (and listening for our Heavenly Father's explanations, of course).

The Freedom To Choose

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. [Joshua 24:15 AMP]

Yes, we do have a certain amount of what is commonly referred to as being “freewill.”  For we could not be of any true and lasting value to our Heavenly Father without it[1].

It is, however, extremely limited.  In fact, it is only in regards to the choice that we are given to make about wanting to truly accept our Heavenly Father as truly being our own Heavenly Father that we can be confident of there not being any divine intervention involved[2].

No, this is not to say that we are all on our own in this.  For no one can come to our Heavenly Father except through His only begotten Son[3], and no one can come to His only begotten Son unless our Heavenly Father draws them[4].
Yes, it would appear that not all are given a choice in the matter.  That is, of course, unless you are of the opinion that all who fail to reach their own age of accountability before their own time as a part of this world never counted in the first place.

No, it has not been revealed to me just exactly how it will work in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom Of Heaven.  For that is on a strictly need to know basis[5], and I obviously do not need to know—albeit only at this time[6].  For if I did need to know, it would have been already revealed to me[7].

Anyway, what I do know is that it will be as it should be in the end[8].  For no one will be forced to spend all of eternity with our Heavenly Father in His Kingdom Of Heaven as an heir to all that is His in glory against their will[9].

Yes, there are many who insist that none of us are given any choice in the matter at all.  This is, of course, a result of unbridled Calvinism in the extreme.

No, it is not that they do not have any Scriptures to point to.  For it is written: The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end {and} His own purpose--even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity {and} evil. [Proverbs 16:4 AMP]

The ninth chapter of Romans appears to make it all the more clear that our Heavenly Father creates some for glory and all of the rest for destruction, but I would think that most (if not all) would want to believe that the parts that appear to being saying such are meant to be rhetorical in nature.  For who in their right-mind[10] would want to spend all of eternity with someone so cruel?  After all, what would there be to prevent Him from changing His mind about even the elect[11] somewhere down the line if so many of us are of no concern to Him[12]?

{1}Ephesians 5:22-32; {2}John 1:12-13; {3}John 14:6; {4}John 6:44; {5}2 Corinthians 12:4; {6}John 20:29; {7}2 Peter 1:3; {8}Romans 8:18-21; {9}John 6:66-67; {10}1 Corinthians 2:6-16; {11}Matthew 24:21-31; {12}Job 34:12-15.
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  1. I do believe we have a choice in the matter. To me though there only seems to be one choice worth taking and I can't imagine anyone wanting anything else.

  2. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! Me neither. Nonetheless, if you would have asked me if I was ready to go to Heaven 20 years ago, I would have confidently answered, "Yes," and I know now that I was about as far away from our Heavenly Father as anyone could be back then. Be assured, however, that no one will be able to honestly say that they did not fully understand everything that He wanted them to, come Judgment Day. For He will make sure of that Himself, and since He has never wanted to see anyone perish, be also assured that all who will be cast into the Lake of Fire would have had to have put up quite a lot of resistance to His calls to repentance, which most certainly doesn't make any sense.

  3. I believe in free choice as well - and that we do make mistakes some times. And of course, we have to ask for forgiveness.


  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Sandie!!! I hope all is going well with your new grandbaby.


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