But the Bible shows in many ways (Romans 9, for example) that God is our creator and is in control of all things. (EPH 1:11)
Yes, we have a “will” but it’s not a “freewill”… a will “free” of influence, cause, or pressure.
You see, God hardens hearts and gives faith to the faithful.
All is of God (Romans 11:36)
We are just clay, God’s purpose is to reconcile all and justify all. (COL 1:20, Romans 5:18-19)
But now… during the eons of time, certain things — including bad things, MUST happen.
God makes sure of it. That’s why ISA 45:7 says God created good as well as evil.
The teaching of “freewill” tends to make man a diety… who creates and fulfills his own destiny. Stupid huh?
Better to trust that God is in control, even of the waves that threaten to sink us.
All the “self-improvement” crap we hear all the time, is shallow, really.
Pulling yourself up from your own bootstraps must be a metaphor.
Can’t work in reality.
You can TRUST IN GOD or TRUST YOURSELF… but you can’t do both, it seems to me.
In the bigger picture Christ died to save all. Christ died FOR sin.
(I TIM 1:15 and 2:4) The “freewillers” can’t handle this teaching. They want you to redeem yourself by YOUR actions… not the actions of CHRIST on the cross.
They say IF you do this and this and this, you’ll be saved.
I’m writing to tell you, we’re saved by what Christ did on the cross.
He died for all. And whether you believe it or not, it’s true.
During the eons of time, there is plenty of trouble.
But “then comes the end” (I COR 15:24) and the “end” results in God becoming “all in all”… (I COR 15:28).
All in all — are the three biggest words in the Bible.
Grace to you.