Question for Rook on Free Will - Any Contradictions?
This is a simple question for Rook, considering his expertise. First some background. Christians often respond to the problem of evil by discussing man's free will. If man is free, they say, God is unable to interfere with the moral evils committed by humans. If one human murders another, supposedly God cannot interfere with the free will to do so.
I think there are a number of ways to defeat this argument. However, I have been impressed with the tactic of using the Bible AGAINST Christians who seem to cite verse for every counter-argument.
That said, I thought it would be helpful if there were actual contradictions in the Bible on the assertion that God does not interfere with human free will.
Rook, or anyone else, have you found any passages in the Bible in which God undermines or subverts human free will?
If there is anywhere in the Bible in which God HAS bypassed human free will, then it is CERTAINLY not outside his powers, and there is no reason for the moral human evils that are ever present in today's world.
I have often thought that it would be completely possible and morally compulsory for an omnibenevolent, omniscient God to allow people to TRY to commit murder, and other heinous deeds, but prevent people from dying from murder, or suffering as a result of the intended actions. After all, God is keeping a list of all your bad deeds and good deeds. If, in this new system, you "killed" someone knowingly, God could resurrect the person from the dead, smite you down, send you to hell, and the victim would not have to die -- and his family would not suffer from his passing.
If the Bible shows that God has the power to intervene with human free will -- somewhere -- then the Christian answer to theodicy/problem of evil fails.
REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM.