Passages That Exclude Divine Determinism


No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

FIRSTLY, this verse says that whenever there is a temptation to sin, there are two real choices available to us: Sin, or way of escape. This is the Principle of Alternative Possibilities (PAP) – the ability to choose between multiple choices, to do or not do, to ‘do otherwise’. If PAP is true, then it is sufficient to prove LFW. (For comparison: Under Compatibilism, there is only ever one real choice – the greatest desire.)

SECONDLY, 1 Cor 10:13 promises that there always is a way of escape when sin tempts us. But in everyday life, Christians often choose sin instead of the way of escape.

Now think about it carefully: WHO is it who actually ‘chose’ sin instead of ‘chose’ the way of escape?

If there is no LFW, then God is the one who caused the Christian to choose sin e.g. by using Determinism (directly) or Compatibilism (indirectly, via secondary causes).

That means 1 Cor 10:13 becomes false – there WAS no actual way of escape for that time when the Christian sinned, because God determined that the Christian MUST fall into sin. God did NOT provide a real way of escape, it was barred off by God Himself. (See also: COMPATIBILISM, LFW, REAL OPTIONS & 1 COR 10:13)

It also makes these passages false:

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, AND HE HIMSELF TEMPTS NO ONE. – James 1:13

For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — IS NOT FROM THE FATHER but is from the world. – 1 John 2:16

Since God and the Bible are not liars, therefore the conclusion is that we have LFW, and whenever we choose to sin it is because we freely chose to sin – despite God providing a real and open way of escape.

Now compare 1 Cor 10:13, James 1:13 and 1 John 2:16 to what John Calvin says in the image:

As for other passages, if God did not decree or command the following, then where is God’s determinism causing these people to choose evil things?

And the LORD said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I DID NOT SEND THEM, NOT DID I COMMAND THEM OR SPEAK TO THEM. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, AND THE DECEIT OF THEIR OWN MINDS. – Jeremiah 14:14

(From their own minds and not from God? You mean, like LFW?)

Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, WHICH I DID NOT COMMAND OR DECREEE, NOR DID IT COME INTO MY MIND – Jeremiah 19:4-5

They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, THOUGH I DID NOT COMMAND THEM, NOR DID IT ENTER MY MIND, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. – Jeremiah 32:35


2 Responses to “Passages That Exclude Divine Determinism”

  1. endoxazo Says:

    Why o why do some persist in their own determinism to deny the plain sense of scripture ?
    They ascribe to God the very determinism they hold in their own minds and say it is not my will that is at fault, it is God that has made me sin and that is to His glory. Much calvinism has made thee mad !!!

  2. Ron Says:

    https://philosophical-theology.com/tag/compatibilism/

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