Re: Acts 17:24-28
A little off topic, but I think the most mind blowing information I ever recieved was this: Genesis 1
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Now keeping this in mind, I saw an episode at christmas time about the Bethlehem star. Now this is not the only teaching I heard on this, but my two sources spoke of Yeshua's story written in the stars. It wasnt until recently that we have computers able to run huge programs to map out the stars (past, present, and future) which show us constellations and their locations. And according to many prophetic scriptures it uses constellations to tell a story, such as the virgin (viro or in hebrew Betullah). To me that is just mind blowing amazing! That means Yeshua was written into our history even before we (Adam and Eve...) were created!
I dont know about you but sometimes I wish I didnt have free will. It seems like I am always making the wrong choices or saying the wrong thing.
I have an example that I think of concerning your topic, the story of Moses against the Pharoah. I always wondered why God would turn pharoahs heart warm and cold. But upon rereading this story many times I believe it was completely free will. What happened was pharoah was a hard hearted person by his own will, when God interveined on behalf of his people he softened pharoahs heart. And then when God pulled his will back pharoah reverted back to his disobedient YHVH hating ways.
The new testiment speaks of this too. Just one of the places where the apostles were having problems within the fellowship of believers (obviously not all who came in were believers).
1John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
I had to chuckle when I read how another member responded about what she had heard about free will, because my mom put it to me this way: Have you ever watched a movie from beginning to end? Sure, of course. But while you are in the movie time frame, do those people know the end? They are still living free will. And you still know beginning to end. I kinda liked that analogy.
Ever wonder why this subject wasnt spoken of persay in the testiments? I think the believers dont really concern themselves with my will vs God's will. Believers want to follow God's will. Just my 2cents worth.
"Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!"