Deuteronomy 27 – 30
Today’s texts have a whole lot of possible blessings and curses. All these things were conditional, if you Israel followed God, then the blessing would be theirs, and if they didn’t, then curses are theirs.
Free will is really important to Christian apologists as an answer to the problem of evil. While the free will defence is used very commonly, not everyone accepts that we have free will. Calvinism taught predestination which rejects free will. Many critics will also point out that free will is limited because we live in a deterministic world. What is really important to this project though is whether the Bible supports predestination, free will, or something else.
So here we have one of the first texts explicitly covering the issue. Deuteronomy 30:19 certainly gives the impression that people do have free will, unfortunately this isn’t the only text regarding the issue, so we need to carry on reading, and keep the subject at the back of our minds.
What are your thoughts?
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