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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYResearch Paper The Sovereignty of God and the Free Will of Man: Choice or Control Submitted to Dr. Michael Vlach, in partial fulfillmentof the requirements for the completion of the course.THEO-525 B02 LOUSurvey of Theology IByTony CarterOctober 18, 2016
ContentIntroduction ……………………………………………………………………….……….3The Range of the Sovereignty of God…………………..…………………………………3The Range of Man’s Free Will.……………………..……………………………..………4The Congruency of God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Choice….………………………........7Conclusion…………………………………………….…………………………………...9Bibliography…………..……………………………….…………………………………102
IntroductionThis research paper on the sovereignty of God the free will of man reveals an ongoing concern of man. Do I have a choice in the matter or should I just let things happen? This researchis important because the answer to the question will give people direction on conducting their lives. Throughout history, man has attempted to control his destiny and even today many are attempting navigating through life apart from God’s aid. In academia some scholars argue that man through his efforts can make his will; on the other hand, other scholars hold to the argument that God controls everything. The sovereignty of God initially appears to be a choice; however, God is ultimately controlling everything according to his will.The Range of the Sovereignty of GodThe range of God’s sovereignty is unlimited, but he has incorporated man into his perfect will; thereby man’s assistance is required to fulfill the will of God. God created the heavens and earth and has no equal, but in his love created man and gave him free will. God is the first and the last and knows all that is in between, in other words, God is omniscient. If God knows all things does man have free will or is God directing mankind through knowledge? “If God is sovereign, just how are we to deal with this truth in the ordinary affairs of life1?” The doctrine of God’s sovereignty is seen throughout the Old Testament; in the book of Ester divine sovereignty is fundamental where God’s actions and purposes are not apparent his affluence is there. The importance of human obedience and faithfulness becomes more apparent. Easter 4:13-14 joins a 1Randall Basinger, "What difference does it make?: A look at divine sovereignty" (Reformed Journal 32, 1982), no. 12:16. 3
number of other biblical texts that wonderfully integrate human responsibility and divine providence2. The free will of man and the sovereignty of God are like a beautiful symphony eventhough at first glance they appear to be at odds. In Ezekiel, God rules over the affairs and destinynot only of Israel but also of all other nations (Ezek. 25-32). He was not tied to a place, to a small

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