How true is the word, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).
Again, “It is NOT of him that WILLS or of him that runs, but of GOD that shows mercy” (Rom. 9:16).
Looking at the above scriptures, is man truly a free moral agent?
Let’s consider the elements in that phrase viz;
1. An AGENT is an actor, one who is able to act or perform.
2. A FREE agent is one who can act as he pleases without any restraint of any kind placed upon him.
3. A free MORAL agent is one who is free to act as he pleases and without any restraint on all moral issues, i.e. questions involving the qualities of right and wrong.
My question then is this:
Is that child free who is born in a communist land and in a godless home; who is told by its government and taught by its teachers that there is no God in heaven, and never knows even a verse of Scripture until that child is steeped in unbelief and infidelity?
Can we really say such a child is a free moral agent?
How free morally is such an individual?
Is that child free who is born in the slums; the child of a harlot and a whoremonger; a child without a name no true identity, who grows up with the brand of shame upon his forehead wherever he goes, from the beginning; who grows up amidst vice, and never knows virtue until he or she is completely drunk in vice?
Is such a child a FREE MORAL AGENT, free to act intelligently, as he chooses, upon all moral questions?
Was it by your choice, you were born by your parents or even the country you are born into?
How accurate is this brand of theology. Why haven’t we ever given it a second thought or get a balance in it?
You may be right that man is a free moral agent!
But am just wondering how far this is truth.
Just thinking about our theology sometimes as to what everyone has come to believe in, without a second thought. #JustAThought!