The Deceptiveness of Illusory Freedom: The Chains that Bind

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Freedom of choice is an illusion as we are confined to the dictates of our will. As we desire, so then we choose but many either feign or presuppose a power to overrule even their own mental predisposition. How can that be so? As a reaction requires a stimilulus, the same with the phenomena known as choice. When I choose to eat either vanilla or chocolate ice cream, it is because I desired one more than the other not that I had the power of contrary choice.

The power of choice is not that which transcends the material with one notable exclusion that is in the matter of divine regeneration specifically in trusting the mechanisms by which the LORD of Glory ordained and determined men would believe a particular set of facts, truth, or doctrine through God-given means of faith and the successful accomplished redemption of their sins by the power of God alone. How do I know this? Because the Scriptures themself teach that these things are not revealed by flesh and blood but by the Father that has the power to draw men to Christ.

Matthew 16:17 KJVS
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

John 6:44 KJVS
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The gospel itself would not be a mystery if it were privy to common human reasoning or inquiry. To demonstrate this is not the case, I present the following:

Mark 4:11 KJVS
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 KJVS
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: [7] But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom , which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it , they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [9] But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. [10] But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. [11] For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. [12] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. [13] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. [14] But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them , because they are spiritually discerned. [15] But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. [16] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

John 3:5-8 KJVS
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. [6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

It is a secret whispered into the ears of the heart of flesh like a breeze of the wind. Therefore, it necessarily follows that man cannot possibly boast in their coming to Jesus as a result of their actions. Of course, I have not encountered one that would explicitly boast as if coming to Christ were something meritiorious but is in the subtext and evident in the manner of their "walk" and "talk" that I believe this may be noted.

I believe there are few things more deceptive than the illusion of freedom and the thought of being set free. Many may speak of governments impressing this idea upon the masses but it is rather a means of subjugation. One that believes they are already free are easier to control in other words. I believe the Great Deceiver operates under somewhat of the same premise. Note, the lie of old in Genesis 3:5.

Genesis 3:5 KJVS
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Many fail to realize they are yet under it's implications of this. They think they know the difference between good and evil and thus follow a laundry list of DOs and DON'Ts but these things will NEVER give them the righteousness that God will require on that day. There is some significance in what occurred after the fall. What happened to Adam and Eve after they ate of the fruit?

Genesis 3:7 KJVS
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

They knew they were naked. Their shame was revealed before their very eyes. Yes, they did not possess the clothing of righteousness, His Holy Raiment, and they then committed to feeble attempts of covering themselves with fig leaves of all things. This is likened to the efforts of false religion to produce righteousness. It will never work. It will ALWAYS be a knock-off, a fake, a bootleg "righteousness" and unacceptable in the sight of God just like the offering of Cain from the earth/flesh and not of the Spirit in faith as was the lamb presented by Abel.

Later in Genesis 3, the LORD clothes Adam and Eve in coats of skins. Yet, another picture of the gospel. Perhaps, in literature, you would see this as a type of foreshadowing of what is to come. If you read the Old Testament, these manner of pictures occur quite frequently. It is a book that speaks in accord for God's eternal purposes in the glorification of His Only Begotten Son.

Adam and Eve knew their fig leaves were inadequate and they attempted to hide themselves as a result. I believe every Saint of God goes through this type of humbling that is the realization that their former religious strivings are but dung before a Holy God as the Apostle Paul expressed.

Philippians 3:8 KJVS
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Another perhaps more graphic illustration was shared by the prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 64:5-6 KJVS
Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. [6] But we are all as an unclean thing , and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Filthy in this translation the Hebrew word עד defined in Strong's Concordance as:

From an unused root meaning to set a period (compare H5710 and H5749); the MENSTRUAL flux (as periodical); by implication (in plural) soiling: - filthy.

Ruminate on that thought for a moment. Remember, Christ's death on the cross was a pinnacle of His obedience, of His righteousness. What could anything else look like compared to that? Not good that's what.

Philippians 2:8 KJVS
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Still yet, many remain in the cesspool of their own self-righteous filth. They boast of their faithfulness to God but are inwardly corrupt but do not even know it. They place themselves under the crippling and deadly yoke of the law not understanding the law's true purpose. It's functions as a schoolmaster showing us our iniquity.

Galatians 3:24-25 KJVS
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Thereafter, being children of God, we operate under a different principle: Walking by faith. No longer out of legal fear or pursuing morality as mercenaries seeking a reward but out of love and thankfulness. No, if we be born again, we have our reward obtained by Christ alone. Immortality of whom He alone possesses conferring it to who He will.

2 Corinthians 5:7 KJVS
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

1 Timothy 6:16 KJVS
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Finally, I will leave you with one last Scripture for your consideration. This one shows that man is either a servant or slave to sin or to righteousness (of Christ).

Romans 6:20-23 KJVS
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. [21] What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. [22] But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. [23] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Who do you serve on this day? Is it the fig-leaf devil of self-righteous false religion or has God submitted you to His righteousness to the glory of His Only Begotten Son? I pray that the chains be loosed in Jesus' name. Amen.

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If we have no freedom of choice, then in what sense can we be guilty of anything?

Man is culpable because of knowledge not capability. If our knowledge serves us, we know we lack the capability. The only parachute you put on jumping out of the plane is Christ and His death for justification. No backup chute, no lawkeeping, no decisional regeneration. Only Christ

Romans 5:11-13 KJVS
And not only so , but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. [12] Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: [13] (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

That doesn't seem coherent to me. If God created man without the ability to refuse to sin, then God created sin, and thus, is the morally responsible agent.

Let's look at the example you provided of Adam and Eve. If god created Adam and Eve without free will then they had no choice but to rebel. Further, if God is omniscient, then He knew Adam and Eve would sin, yet that didn't prevent Him from making them. Logically, that means that God created sin by creating agents that He knew would sin.

Or, here's another example: If I create a robot and program it to kill, then turn it loose inside a shopping mall, who is morally responsible: me or the robot?

I'd say me, because the robot just did what it was programmed to do. Only, in my example I'm not as culpable as God would be in creating sin, because I couldn't know for sure the robot would be successful killing people when I created it and turned it loose. God could know that Adam and Eve would sin, so it makes Him more responsible.

Here's another example: let's say that I'm on an island somewhere and there's a person trapped in a cage at the top of a giant cliff. There's no food in the cage, so I know that eventually the person will starve to death. Try as I might, I cannot get to the cage, and I just can't get food to the person. Now, who is the morally responsible one: me, or the person who put them in a cage? I knew the person would eventually starve, but I was unable to feed them.

There is a layer of separation. Sure, God ordained or even decreed if and how sin would enter the world but he is not the direct agent committing the sin.

Much like an author penning the actions of the antagonists in their play or story (You may not this analogy from a former post) are not responsible for the actions of that character, so is God who orders the steps of man and CAUSES those whom He will to walk in His statutes.

God isn't Jim Henson and we aren't puppets. He doesn't need strings. He's already got everything lined up. We follow the course.

I can't help but see a glaring logical fallacy in what you are saying.

First, a character in a story has no moral responsibility because he/she is fictitious and cannot engage in any activity that has moral implications. For example, if you tell a story about a character that is a mass murderer, he is only murdering imaginary people. There is no moral culpability. If, we assume there is some inherent good in the imaginary characters being killed, then the moral responsibility would indeed lie with the author of the story, because it is the author who determines the actions of the character. The character has no choice in the matter. I honestly can't see how this isn't obvious. How could the character be responsible when they are just doing what the author makes them do?

If we have no free will, then yeah, we are puppets, and yeah, God is Jim Henson. How can you say we follow the course when we aren't following anything, we're just doing what we're programmed to do?

I still can't see how you can logically say that if God decrees how and when sin enters the world He isn't the directly responsible moral agent. In fact, in the absence of free will, how is there any morally responsible agent besides God? God is committing the "sin" by His very act of creation. I put "sin" in "" because if God creates it, how is it even wrong?

It's just like your analogy of the story. If I write a smut novel, the characters in the novel hold no moral responsibility. They're not capable of doing other than what I write for them to do.

I understand you perspective; however, I don't see how there is even a hint of fallacious reasoning as we are not talking about logic here.

The problem you are having is with one of authority and this is where we fundamentally disagree. You believe man must possess capability to do right or else God cannot charge them guilty and I believe He has every right. Just as He raised up Pharaoh later hardening his heart that the LORD would exhibit His mighty power. Do you really believe Pharaoh could have repented and completely changed the course of Exodus?

Furthermore, according to your theology, would that relegate the cross to being "Plan B" and the garden of Eden "Plan A"?

No, I contend, the plan, purposes and decrees were always made for the Second Adam, who is Christ, to come and save their people from their sin. God is just in doing this thing.

Also, I might add, thank you @garthfreeman for the thoughtful arguments. They always get the ol cog going but it is only God that will put us on the same "page" so to speak.

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