GOD WILLS THAT EARTHLINGS HAVE AGENCY


God is sovereign, and has sovereignly given humanity the authority to make decisions – encapsulated in two verses of a Psalm.

Our God is in the heavens; He does all that he pleases… The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man. – Psalm 115:3,16

And reiterated by Jesus in what we should pray for:

Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9-10

Credit to Leighton Flowers who often uses these citations.

Guillaume Bignon and Tyler Vela think they have refuted and coopted that argument:

To which I respond, I always raise an eyebrow at the reasoning that prayer only works under some form of accepting determinism.

For one, LFW is not excluded if EVEN SOMETIMES agents have their own sourcehood for decisions – it doesn’t need to be 100% all the time. If God steps in with mind control once in awhile, those are the exceptions that proves the rule. It is Exhaustive Divine Determinism that is debunked by even one case of free agency, which is indicated by the Exhaustive part.

For two, why does God have to use mind control to achieve things? Can’t God use inanimate objects (storm) or nonsentient creatures (big fish) to persuade people to change their own minds (Jonah), something we do every single day with fellow humans? Molinism runs on this premise.

This is exactly why I made that Professor X meme:



Unless you define ‘free’ as ‘100% absolutely with no influencing factors’ which probably no actual proponent of LFW holds, and which would make every one of us capable of ‘mind control’ by affecting the wants and decisions of other people.

SEE ALSO: What God said in Genesis.

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