About this "free-will" discussion: There are too many scriptures in the OT and NT that refute such an idea, plus, it just wouldn't make sense.
Keep in mind that I'm a christian, lol(seriously!).
People always say that "God will never force himself on anyone", and in the same breath make the statement, "God is All-Powerful". So let me ask you all a question. If God is ALL powerful, then that would mean that no one else has any power, correct? The word "all" is one of the strongest words in the english language. It's right up there with the word's "yes" and "no" and "everything" and "nowhere" and "none"................the word "all" is an absolute word, meaning that it's all-inclusive, there's nothing left out of the word "all". I once told this to someone and they told me that the word "all" wasn't absolute, but a mysterious word. I wanted to kick my computer when he typed that in. People, christians, religous people try to make everything so spiritual and deep, but there's nothing deep about the word "all". For example, if you have a bag of chips, and I ask you to give me "all" of your chips, and you give me two chips, well then, YOU DIDN'T GIVE ME WHAT I ASKED FOR, DID YOU! Therefore, I conclude that the word "all" is an absolute word. Now that that point has been made, back to the original one I was trying to make. If God is ALL powerful, like some proclaim that he is, then that would mean that no one else has any power, because he has "all" of it, and to say that God won't force himself on you is just preposterous (hope I spelled that right, lol), because to say that the same God that you proclaim to have ALL power has to force ANYTHING to happen would be a contradiction. To say that God forces ANYTHING is to say that there is ANOTHER force in the universe capable of giving the ALL powerful being resistance, but, because he is the force that causes all other forces to be, it's no longer a matter of forcing, but of his will being accomplished! The longer you think about it, free will can't exist, because if it truly existed you could choose not to die!, but we know that it is appointed to each man once to die (Heb.9:27).....For in Adam "ALL" died (1Cor.15:22), so there's no escaping that. According to the bible, your already dead, if you want to be technical (how do you escape that reality if you have a free moral agency?) You know, it's hilarious, and at the same time sickening to realize that the ones who go to the scriptures to justify their claims of "free thought", otherwise none as "free moral agency", they'll skip over completely the verses, scriptures, even whole chapters that condradict their beliefs. I was brought up to believe that the bible never, ever condradicted itself, that it never cancelled itself out. I've not always agreed with the things that I've written to this forum (whoever "chooses" to read it), but I'll say this, that if your going to use a scripture, then it most stand at FULL STRENGTH, regardless of what the others scriptures say, because each scripture MUST be in perfect harmony one with another. If not, then the book is a lie, and if I ever find that out (which I know I won't) I'll quit just as soon as I do. You can't pick and choose which scriptures you want, and which ones you don't. It's the whole book, or none of it, if your going to call yourself a christian.