(…continues from part one…)
2) Freedom of Adamic moral agency is not absolute. There is no way man can or should wield absolute authority as a free moral agent. An insuperable enemy, Lucifer, full of uncanny subtlety, is too formidable to be left at the mercy of man. If man must represent His Creator, then it is apropos that the seminal quiddity of an individual’s philosophical stance must not, in any way, be antithetical to the resting will in the bosom of the Eternal Father, Jehovah. Amen. They were free to eat from every tree. Yes. But were they allowed to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? No! Why? Free moral agency given to Adam is not absolute. He and his wife were on probation. Their probationary period was to inculcate in them the indubitable sense of Deuteronomy 13:3, “Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” The Hebrew for the Elizabethan ‘proveth’ is nacah (naw-saw’) ‘to test’; which underscores the probationary reality of free moral agency. Can you, as a free moral agent, from the Scriptural point of view, just do as you please, no matter how? Selah.
Why free moral agency? It is never God’s intention to create robots as people who would represent Him – whether in heaven or on the terra firma. A robot has no intention of his; it has no soul; it is devoid of spiritual intelligence, and it is too mechanical to appreciate the awesome wonderment that strikes an intelligent being of creationism, and leading to the sense of venerable appeal that eventually engenders the knee-bent latria in the presence of the Creator. A robot will kneel in worship simply because it has been so programmed, and never out of genuine reverential appeal. The LORD God has a sense of feeling; His intelligent creation must have an endowment of sensation as well. The Creator perceives intelligently; if the intelligent beings of creation must have the “likeness and the image” of their Creator, then their perceptive abilities must not possess the mechanical programming of computerized objects. They should be able to say, like David, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” in Psalm 103:1.
God wants you to do His holy bidding from the willingness of your determined heart. That is,from the heart that has imbibed the instructions of the Bible. I can hear someone asking, “Why was Jonah not allowed to exercise the intention of his belief?” Jonah, as a Jew, was under God’s Abrahamic covenant – to “love the LORD with all his heart”. Jonah’s vatic office places him under the suzerainty of his Master’s voice. The lives of those who were ready to repent and make a volte-face return to the LORD God were residing in Nineveh. God will not lose the life of even one repentant soul.
Did man make an aberrational mess of his free moral agency? Yes; in the Garden of Eden, when he took of the tree of Satanism and digested it to the pollution of his soul. Has the free moral agency been restored? Yes; when He began to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane (geth-see-ma-nee’) which means ‘oil-press’ comes from two Chaldean words: gath (gath): ‘a wine-press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them)’; and shemen (sheh’-men): ‘1. grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed). 2. (figuratively) richness.’ That prayer (which had never been prayed and will never be prayed – for its consummate uniqueness), bloody sweat, culminated in the substitutionary death of the cross.
This restoration is birthed with the John 3:3 understanding.
To get born again, say, believing every word of it, this prayer:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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