Changing God

Man is made in the image of God. This aspect of man has been used by free-will advocates as proof that man has free-will. God has free-will; we are made in God’s image; therefore we have free-will.

I like this argument. Calvinists do not. Therefore, I have seen Calvinists say, “God cannot do what is contrary to His nature, therefore He does not have free-will.”

In order to back up their doctrine, they change the nature of God, making God a slave to His own nature, which is odd to me.

God chooses to limit Himself, to not do things He does not like doing. This is not a restriction of free-will, but an exercise of free-will.

It bothers me to see people change Scripture so they might maintain a pet doctrine. Changing God’s nature to continue to hold a doctrine is just as alarming, and yet, actually it’s the same thing.

Those who change Scripture will have no problems changing God to fit their preferences. I like many aspects of Calvin’s doctrine; I dislike many as well. I like all aspects of God’s Word, so I try to go with that.

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7 comments

  1. Spherical

    I don’t see how being made in God’s image either proves or disproves the free will/Calvinist debate. Certainly being created in God’s image does not mean we are Gods ourselves and can do everything God can do. God created the universe, we have creativity, but we cannot make something from nothing.
    I get frustrated when people make “common sense” arguments or come up with creative analogies to prove a point, so I agree, let’s go with God’s word and leave it at that.

  2. Paul Walton

    God who is Holy, cannot do evil, so in a sense His will is not free, He cannot do something that is against His very nature. I don’t know if that makes me part of the Calvinist camp, but I would agree that God is unable to do something evil.

  3. Frank Zimmerman

    Paul,
    >”God is unable to do something evil.”
    The same could be true of Christians, provided they keep have Christ’s seed in them, and keep themselves in submission to Him:

    1 John 3:9 – “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

    However, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that because God cannot do evil, He is not free. Sin brings slavery, losing the ability to choose right (Romans 7, for example). Freedom is the ability to choose to do the right. There is great delight in choosing the right way, and enjoying the choice, as you see the blessings extend to others. God wanted us to enjoy that also. That’s why He gave us a will to choose.

    Also, there are many different good choices a man can make, all of which do not involve sin. Anyone who longs for the “freedom” of sin, has not ever really tasted the real freedoms of Christ. Every faculty of man can only ever reach it’s highest and truest development when it is under the control of godly principles. Otherwise, it becomes a curse, and eventually leads to death. Whoever enters another way, other than Christ, is a thief and a robber. This will be the end of every invention of man that was not developed out of a pure heart: it will become a thief and robber of humanity.

    There is no freedom in sin. The moment a man chooses sin, he loses his freedom, and becomes a slave to selfishness. He can no longer do anything good, and that is a great loss. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

  4. Paul Walton

    Frank,
    I agree with all you have stated, my meaning was God is ‘bound” by His very nature to do only good, He is incapable of evil.

  5. Paul Walton

    Is the definition of “free-will” the ability to choose between a willful rebellion to God’s laws, and willful submission to obeying God’s laws?

    In that case the whole does God have free-will debate is mute really. God is outside of the dimension of choice, because He is the author of everything. Actually the “free-will” controversy just becomes a word game that either side can produce evidence to support.

    Actually to try and support a doctrine that God is free or not free to choose between good and evil is ridiculous, because He is God.