Free-Will Moral Agency 1

“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”  (Ps. 48:14)

From my book The Christian Church in the Last Days

God created humans having the distinctive feature of being free-will moral agents, but this freedom has its limits.  We did not choose to be born.  We did not select in advance our unique abilities and character traits.  None of us can independently choose through free-will volition to live morally perfect, mistake-free lives.

Free-will moral agency divides into the widest possible gulfs in the practical applications of Darwinian evolution and the fiat creation of becoming Spirit-born Christians.  After Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden, man is incapable of living a perfectly righteous life using free-will moral choice (Romans 3:23; 7:14, 19, 20, 23).  Man cannot satisfy God’s law requiring perfect righteousness on our own.  We cannot evolve to this elevated character level.  This is a discontinuous gap in the moral realm.

By accepting Jesus Christ into our lives, Christians are admitting that we are incapable of living perfectly righteous lives by our own autonomous, free-will moral agency, apart from Christ’s divine input.  This is the direct opposite of the notion of evolutionary progress by totally naturalistic causes through self-realization, or a program of self-propelled works, or things simply falling into place by mere random chance.  Like the debate between Darwinian evolution and fiat creation in the natural world, there exists an unbridgeable gap between the idea of humanistic progress through purely naturalistic means and the fiat creation of a Spirit-born Christian instantly becoming a new creature “in Christ” through salvation faith.

We do not evolve into becoming Christians over long periods of time through good works, self-effort, or self-realization.  Survival of the fittest does not produce Christ-like character traits.

Christians are born-again by the Spirit of God into becoming new people “in Christ” (John chapter three).  The new birth in the Spirit is a fiat creation of God.  Born-again Christians become sons and daughters of God, and thereby take on the nature of God through the gift of the indwelling Spirit of God.  A biblical-quality journey of faith composed individually for every follower of Christ is a highly specified life-script that accomplishes the plans of God and beneficially transforms the believer.  The biblical-quality, journey-of-faith life-scripts composed by God are discontinuous from the horizontally conventional, conforming to cultural norms life-plans conceived through agnostic self-autonomy.

The key point here is that God-crafted journeys of faith occur through intelligent design and not random chance.  To become who and what we were created to be requires the active participation of God in our lives, completely and totally contrary to the random chance model of humanistic naturalism prevalent in our present-day cynically skeptical culture.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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