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Free Will – Why It Matters

Monday, September 18, 2017

If you peel away the layers of these worldviews outside of Christianity, one will find evidence of one main strategy – Explain away Creator God. They wish to “deny the Creator and to expropriate His divine power’ (174), many making this their life’s goal. Men like Francis Crick stated forcefully that “his goal was to explain away the origin of life and consciousness by reducing them into physical-chemical causes” (174). 

You see, if God is discredited as “first cause” or a “personal God”, then free will becomes a false idea that is denied, discredited, suppressed, and incoherent.

 With the Creator God and His truth denied, then mankind is free to live according to his own truth. Truth becomes relative – men become reduced to states lower than the creator intended. They become labeled as robots and machines who cannot be held accountable for their actions. The Apostle Paul said, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).

Notice there is a definite strategy to deny God and to do so for selfish reasons. 

Denying free will is a reductionist strategy. Even though these secular philosophers know their ideas do not pass the idol test [Does this contradict what we know about the world?] (147), even though they are experiencing some sort of cognitive dissonance, it is in their interest to place free will into their reductionist box. Here’s the dilemma – “Free will portrays humans as genuine moral agents whose choices are so significant that they alter the direction of history, and even eternity” (141). If humans are moral agents, then there must be a first cause of morality. Hence a Creator (God) who is moral and holy – “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16); “You are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine” (Leviticus 20:26). Creator God places a requirement on His creation. They are free to choose, but decisions come with consequences. Life lived outside of a Christian worldview can only lead to a reductionist strategy. This is why the issue of free will is so enduring – humans have been dealing with this since their beginning in the Garden of Eden. Satan’s strategy was to refute God, explain Him away, and introduce temptation to create another god. Adam and Eve took the bait, they were cursed as well as Satan and the earth, mankind lost the ability to dominate, and ever since then, the fight has continued to deny the existence of God and His words (Genesis 3).

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