There’s been a lot of debate recently amongst scientists regarding the existence of free will. This is a big deal for believers because most of us believe that we choose, all on our own, whether or not to follow Jesus. A minority (Calvinists) say no, the only way anyone follows God’s will is if God basically forces them to want to. Which is it?
A couple of days ago, I listened to a talk given by atheist Sam Harris, linked from the Hellbound movie site. Harris doesn’t believe people have free will in anything. I’m not sure what I think about this, but the following is what I believe I heard from God on the question. I’d love to hear your take on it, particularly after you’ve asked God and listened to Him in your spirit. If you think I’m wrong, please say so, and why you think it. I’d love to hear your take on the subject.
I asked: “Father, is this true?”
He responded: No, it is not — at least not for My chosen and selected ones among the nations. We (He and His own people) are not the pawns of your neurophysiology. Unified in Me, you do have freedom, for I make you free. I came to set at liberty the captives. My mission was, and continues to be to release from bondage all those slaves to the fear of death; not to add fear onto fear onto fear, but rather to destroy both the fear and the death at one stroke; that is, to destroy the works of the enemy, which are bondage and the fear of death. I came to set at liberty those who are wounded, and to give sight to the blind eyes.
The whole world is in bondage to the evil one. I came to undo, untie, unravel and burst those bonds. I can do this because of My mastery over them, which I achieved in dying to self and to My own will. In freely choosing to forgo my own way and that which I naturally, as a man and as a human being desired to do — that is, to avoid the crucifixion of the flesh, I broke through the barrier, the veil, the gates of Hades, and I broke through not in my own human life, but with the divine life that was in Me — of the Father.
To do this, it was necessary that I conceal My true purpose from the enemy. (Yes, there is an enemy, and even if personified, no less real for that.) Had he known, the principalities and powers would never have crucified the Lord of glory. But it was necessary that I enter the realms of darkness, of chaos, as a captive — else I could not have saved those who were captivated there. I had to come into THEIR reality and I had to shatter that reality from within. I had to shatter that reality from within. From without, there was no remedy, no destruction for that which was itself no thing at all. I had to enter a place which was hidden — which did not, in a real sense, exist, and which, in its nonexistence, kept as secure and hopeless captives those imprisoned there.
But My eyes see the nether realms, and My will is to be done both in that which is and in that which is naught.
In setting you free from compulsion, I bring you out of that place where you are automatons — the prisoners of your biological programming and its interaction with circumstance. I bring you out into a high place — onto hallowed ground, into the light and into freedom to choose rationally — into a place of lucidity. All this My dear ones — all this is done to set you free.
Free from sin. Free from compulsion. Free from fear. Free from death. Free from illusion. Free from irrationality. To open your eyes and fill up your inner being with light.
You long for freedom, but freedom eludes you. This is because the real bondage is within you, and you cannot fight it with guns and wars. No, the bondage is to the animal nature, from which you must die and be reborn. In this way only can you ever be truly free. Only in this way can you become the sons and daughters of your Father. When you are like My holy One, My Son, then and only then can you truly be free.
He has shown the way, broken the trail — made the path, shattered the chains, razed the battlements and destroyed the gates. You must then walk through, children, and you do make that choice. Some are given more light, sooner than others. — to each according to his desire and readiness, and not before his time.
You are there to guide those for whom the light has begun to dawn, and this is also a part of the process of your maturation — that you be able also to teach others. In this way you show that you are My disciples. Love is manifest in this — that you do the works of My only begotten Son. And as you do them, you also grow in love and kindness and in the power to do yet greater works. If you are My disciples, this and more await your hands to do.