=CRATUS;12899376]I struggle to understand free-will. I believe in fate more than free-will. We do not choose our physical appearance, where we are born, our families, the people we will encounter, etc. Each person had their own limitations in personality and our own sinful tendencies. There are subjects no matter how hard I try, I cannot understand. There are certain sins I am just not attracted to, committing them would make me feel awful. There are sins I probably do not think twice about committing. It seems odd that God gives us free-will, but ultimately his way is the one path to life, true love and happiness. It is difficult for me to surrender my life to God. Partially because I hate being told I cannot do or have this. You have to accept the fate you are given. If Virgin Mary, did not accept her calling to birth Christ, I am not sure what would have happened in history. We will always have a choice, there is still a feeling of predestination.
God Bless You & Amen.
Allow e to first address your question:
Duet. 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live”
How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!
WHY does “man” have a freewill?
Isaiah 43: 7 & 21 “And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him. & This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise”
These passages explain why humanity even exist.
Freewill is an essential element of our “being”
In ALL of Creation only “man” has the ability, the necessary attributes to KNOW of God, and then if they choose and accept Gods Grace, they can then actually come to “Know God.”
Only man has the necessary .attributes to know God: we have a mind, intellect, and a freewill permanently attached to our Souls which fulfills God’s commitment in Gen. 1: 26-27 : And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them"
Our freewill is necessary to Love God n the same way that God Loves us: Perfectly.
Perfect Love demands a freewill choice, so that in order to emulate God we MUST as we are able too, freely choose to love God. A Freewill choice.
BTW: Did you choose to dress yourself this morning? That is a freewill decision.
God Bless you,