Funny how often a person will insist that man has free will. For some reason many, many people feel that man must have the free will to choose to “accept” Christ as Savior. Predestination and election are such offensive ideas that often angry arguments ensue. (Yes, you can have non-angry arguments.) How do you reconcile man’s choosing and election for those who have problems understanding?
One explanation I have is how you go about choosing a seat somewhere. Imagine if you would a huge orchestra hall – center row seating, side rows, several balconies, behind the orchestra seating. What if you walk in early and no one is there. How do you choose a seat? No assigned seats. You are free to use your free will to choose any seat. How do you decide? Granted some hardly think about the issue and just grab a seat with seemingly little to no thought. Others, like me, think about it.
How many others will be sitting with me? If I have 9 people with me a row with six seats won’t work well. If it is just me maybe taking the end seat and making everyone in the middle climb over me would be rude.
What is my purpose for being there? If I’m there to hear Itzhak Perlman I would want to be able to view the front left center where a typical violin soloist would stand in front of an orchestra. If I’m there to see my daughter play then I would consider her seating. Last chair second violin would mean the balcony would be best. First chair first violin would mean front and center would be good seating. But what if the “baby” wants to watch the orchestra percussion section? Then behind the orchestra seating would be best.
Who is sitting with us? Is a moma with a baby sitting with us? If so then she might need an aisle seat for a quick exit. Is grandma with her walker or wheelchair sitting with us? If so we might need a wheelchair accessible seat or at least need to avoid the balcony and its tiered seating. What if a newly pregnant moma is sitting with us who is still struggling with “morning” sickness? Quick access to a bathroom might be desired.
Where did I sit last time? After a few visits to an orchestra hall you can make a better judgment of where to sit. In this seat all you see is the back of the conductor and he blocks the best view. Too close and the sound is too loud and you don’t hear the full orchestra.
Habit. Some of us are creatures of habit we sit in the same seat regularly. At our church folks sit in the same seats so much that we can leave items in the seat for certain people.
So a decision that seems to be free will really is not. That one decision is acted upon by a multitude of outside forces to sway your decision. See no one lives in a vacuum. Everything in their life affects their decisions whether they realize it or not.
Free will does not really exist. Does it?