My good friend Lee has posted a very good article which surveys some of the problems of so-called Free Will. Whereas some of my recent posts have addressed Free Will as opposed to Determinism, Lee’s discussion focuses on Free Will as opposed to the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity. Although Lee’s view of the biblical covenants and the nation of Israel may be different from my own, I find his primary arguments here to be good examples of logic applied to biblical truth.
Here is an excerpt which deals with the argument which runs, “If God commands something, then man must have the ability to obey it”:
In Ezekiel 37, God instructs the prophet Ezekiel to command dry bones to hear the word of the LORD (v. 4). Hear is in the imperative form in Hebrew, indicating that this clearly is a command. Dry bones are dead, lifeless bones. Because they are dead, they are not able to hear anything. However, through the power of God’s word that He will breathe life into these dry bones, they came together and became covered with skin (vv. 7-8). God then commands the prophet to call on the wind to breathe into these men and it is so (vv. 9-10). The bones would not have been able to hear God’s word until after He brought them to life. […] Another command given which was impossible for one to obey without God’s divine assistance can be seen with Jesus’ command to Lazarus. Jesus calls a dead Lazarus to come forth (John 11:43). Lazarus had been dead for four days. He in no way had the ability to respond to Jesus’ command to get up and come out of the tomb. God had to give him the life needed for him to be able to respond. In both cases, a command is given to a recipient that lacks the ability to obey.