*God and moral evil
The free will theodicy justifies God by ascribing all evil to “the evil acts of human free will.” At the same time, the Bible teaches that God “rules the hearts and actions of all men.” The Bible contains many portrayals of God as ruling “hearts and actions” for evil. Following are a few examples:
God said, “I will harden [Pharaoh’s] heart, so that he will not let the people go” (Exodus 4:21).
Isaiah asked, “Why, O Lord, do you make us stray from your ways and harden our heart, so that we do not fear you?” (Isaiah 63:17).
God said, “If a prophet is deceived and speaks a word, I, the Lord, have deceived that prophet” (Ezekiel 14:9).
John writes that those who “did not believe in [Jesus] could not believe,” because, quoting Isaiah 6:10, “[God] has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart” (John 12:37-40 abr).
God “hardens the heart of whomever he chooses” (Romans 9:18).
“God sends [those who are perishing] a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so [they] will be condemned” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).
“Those who do not believe . . . stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined [by God] to do” (1 Peter 2:7-8).*
The above I copied from wikipedia because I was thinking on this. Maybe attempts have been made on CAF to answer or at least ponder and discuss how to believe that, if God can make us go astray, harden our hearts and lead us to believe in false truths so we can be condemned, how then does our freewill work?
The passages above seem strange about the God I have come to know. If I have freewill, I choose to do good or evil. Choosing good brings me closer to God, but the choice is there as with evil.
If we can be destined to disobey the word, then we have never really had the freedom to will otherwise. And that makes no sense because anyone, even the most “evil” of people can be given mercy and forgiveness from God if they choose to with their own will.