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    “You can’t handle the truth!!!” So goes the famous line spoken by Jack Nicholson to Tom Cruz in the blockbuster movie, “A Few Good Men”. Perhaps nowhere is the impact of this statement more pronounced and applicable than in terms of the relationship between God’s Sovereignty and the (supposed) free will of man. For as we shall see, man is in a sense “hard-wired” to believe that he possesses a total free will in determining the events and decisions of his or her own life, contrary to the clear teachings of God’s Word.

    In an article in the June 2016 issue of the Atlantic Magazine, author Stephen Cave opined that, “There’s no such thing as free will, but we’re better off believing in it anyway.” In this commentary, Cave cited a psychological study done by Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler that showed that individuals who believed they possessed a total free will tended to be happier and more creative people than those who held deterministic beliefs. In addition to this, they were also more prone to being better workers. They were also more honest, and in general, made better moral choices than those individuals who lacked a strong belief in their own free will. It seems that we as human beings have a strong “cognitive bias” towards believing in our own free will, for in a sense our natural inherent desire to be “happy” is dependent to some degree upon our believing that our wills are totally free.

    Throughout the years, there have been additional psychological studies showing that when an individual’s belief in free will is weakened in any way, their belief in moral responsibility is also weakened. People who possess deterministic beliefs have also been shown to be less creative, more likely to conform, less grateful towards others, and ultimately less happy in their overall psychological outlook.

    Again, it seems that we as humans are in a sense “psychologically bound” into believing that our free wills are “inviolable” or “sacred”, as we inherently sense that our very happiness is dependent upon maintaining this belief. It is therefore no wonder that so many Christians have a difficult time in understanding God’s Sovereignty over the affairs of their lives, for we are both culturally and internally conditioned to believe in our possession of a total free will. In other words, “We as Christians simply, can’t handle the truth.”

    When we couple this with the fact that it is commonly taught within Christendom that “man has a free will, which God will never violate”, a false theological doctrine which has been propagated by many throughout the years of Church History, it then becomes apparent that the forces pushing the believer into thinking that they possess a total free will are formidable indeed.

    Typically, it is only through years of walking with the Lord and studying His Word that most Christians begin to realize that it is God who controls both the events of our lives, and overall Human History, and that our wills are presumably totally free only when the matter in question is outside of His Sovereign Plans.

        “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” Psalm 115:3

         “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 

        “LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.”

    Isaiah 26:12

        “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God,

    and there is none like me,

        Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet

    done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isaiah 46: 9,10

        “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to 

    His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay

    His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?” Daniel 4:35

        “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever.

    Amen.” Romans 11:36

    God often accomplishes His Sovereign Will in our lives by silently working in our hearts in ways of which we are unaware:

        “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in

    slumberings upon the bed;

        Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction.” Job 33:15,16

        “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from

    the LORD.” Proverbs 16:1

    To get an idea of how far the modern-day Church has lost its sense of understanding concerning the Sovereignty of God in the affairs of men, one only must look to the secular writers of literature from prior centuries. In Hamlet, William Shakespeare wrote:

        “There is a Divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how He will.”

    The noted scientist and politician Benjamin Franklin revealed the cultural mindset of his day when he wrote that God “governs by His Providence.”

    What a sad commentary on the lack of theological understanding within the Church today, that even the secularists of prior centuries had a better grasp of Biblical truth than modern-day Christendom.

     As they go about living the affairs of day to day life, numerous Christians are often blissfully unaware of the fact that God has been arranging from behind the scenes all the events of their lives. It will only be in eternity that many shall begin to understand the totality of His Sovereignty over the events of both world history and over their individual lives.

    The true followers of God’s Word however acknowledge the fact that their own “will” is not totally free, and that the Sovereign will of God reigns supreme in the affairs of their own lives. It can be said that they have indeed learned to “handle the truth”, and are capable of being blessed by the numerous “divine interferences” that they experience and recognize as coming from God’s Loving Hands throughout the course of their lives, bringing their relationship with Him to a far more intimate level. 

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