The phrase itself doesn't appear in any text. It is inferred from assorted passages that state you must choose to believe or not believe, and can't be compelled to believe. But that's it. You have free will to believe, and free will not to believe.
It doesn't show up anywhere in the context that you have free will to choose to ignore a rule (in other words, sin) or a condition. However, that seems to get stretched and stretched until it encompasses everything from smoking and drinking to going back for 4ths on Thanksgiving.
Is this a back-door insult, saying that people have "free will" when discussing their personal vices, but really saying they have chosen to not believe at all, or has it been distorted, and people think free will really applies to any decision, and it's ok, so long as eventually you mention you believe before you die?
Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:55 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
These are 2 completely diff. things....I believe, but yes I sin...we all do even the best of Christian sin and to say otherwise your lying. No where does it say you do not believe if you sin.
Answer by happymama02 at 4:59 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
Answer by Anonymous at 4:59 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
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