One of the top five questions I get (and get again and again) as a pastor surrounds how we make sense of God's sovereignty on the one hand and human freedom (or responsibility) on the other. The question usually goes something like this: "If God is absolutely in control of everything, how can humans be free?" Or "How can God hold us responsible for choices He's ultimately in control of?"
I'm not going to solve this mystery here. (There's my disclaimer!) But I do want to include an excerpt about this topic from Against the Flow by John C. Lennox (Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College). You can find out even more about John Lennox and what he's doing here.
I intend for this to be good food for thought as we consider and process this mystery of God's sovereignty and human responsibility:
The following excerpt it from John C. Lennox, Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism (Monarch Books, 2015), pp. 17-18.
It is surely self-evident that in an utterly deterministic universe love and genuine choice would be impossible.
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