YOU CAN, BUT YOU WON’T


Why is this such a difficult concept to grasp for some? Am I missing something?

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

πŸ‘† A) This states that we CAN always make a real choice to choose not-sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8

πŸ‘† B) These state that we WON’T actually always choose not to sin. And God with His perfect knowledge, knows this about us.

A & B are not contradictory. The fact that B happens (we choose sin in at least one circumstance in our life) does not negate the truth of A (we have the ability to choose not-sin in every circumstance). At no point are we ever forced to choose sin.

To give an everyday example, I CAN throw some bread to the pigeons at the fountain. Nothing stops me from doing this. But I WON’T throw bread to those pigeons. The latter fact does not negate the former possibility.

Again:

For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. … But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. – Deuteronomy 30:11,14

πŸ‘† C) The Israelites CAN keep the law.

Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? – Acts 15:10

πŸ‘† D) The Israelites WON’T keep the law.

C & D are not contradictory. The Israelites had the ability to keep the law, but they did not actually keep the law. At no point were they forced to break the law.

God states A & C genuinely – commands imply ability to carry out the commands.

God knows B & D without making them happen – certainty does not equate to necessity.

PS. Related meme, Total Inability was the logically strongest petal of TULIP to me. If people never want to respond positively to God, then they simply wouldn’t ever choose God even if offered a real choice! It took actual Scripture to debunk that proposal for me.

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