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Free will is the ability to exercise a personal decision independent of any external influence or control – unlike a puppet or a machine. Being made in the image of God, the free will Man has is superior to that of animals, thus we are given the ability to decide whether to accept or deny God. Just as our ancestors, Adam and Eve, were created with free will, they also had the ability to decide whether to listen to God’s command, and not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Even after sin had entered the world, mankind still has to exercise their free will to decide whether to listen to God’s commandments. Moses had to call upon heaven and earth as a witness against the people of Israel, and make them decide and choose whether to obey or disobey the laws of God. The Lord Jesus once answered a scribe saying that the foremost commandment is to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Loving God ‘with all your mind’ means that we use all of our understanding to love God out of free will and in all these God does not dictate our decisions, otherwise, He would not have made such a demand from us in His laws. Throughout the history of Israel, we observe that the Israelites were blessed when they chose to obey God’s Law; however when they chose to rebel against His Law they incurred curses upon themselves. In the making of these choices, they were made entirely out of their free will. God had never attempted to manipulate their decision behind the scene, causing them to obey or disobey His commandments.

Whosoever loves God would surely obey His commandments and whosoever obeys His commandments would find Christ. This is because the purpose and destiny of the Law is Christ, to lead all who seek God to find eternal life in Jesus. When we believe in Jesus, we also receive His spirit, the Spirit of God, into our hearts; even thereafter, God does not interfere with our free will. In the book of Galatians, chapter 5, verse 13, it clearly says: “But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature.” Even after we have received the Lord Jesus, we are fully liable to exercise our free will in choosing whether to give in to our fleshly desires, or to obey the Spirit and live a sanctified life.

We know from the bible that God has never intervened with our free will – whether it be before we have sinned, after we have sinned, before we have received Jesus, or after we have received Jesus. This is consistent with our real-life experiences, where all the choices we make were made out of our own free will. No one would feel an invisible hand controlling their decisions behind the scenes. Nor would God attempt to control us without our knowledge, and secretly make us do according to His will. God does not lie, unlike man, in Him there is no darkness; if He had done it, He would surely have told us plainly. God would not instruct us to love Him with all our heart, and with all our soul and with all our mind, on one hand; but on the other, control some to love Him and others not to do so.