Freedom is always derived from the Godly gift of it. Everything that opposes it is, by definition, satanic.
Free will was the very first gift that God ever gave man. Further, it’s inherent to His design of man – that was His starting point in the creation of Man. Every time you’ve ever felt inhibited – or had pressure on you to make a choice between two extremes – it’s satanic. ”It is the love of God that brings a man to repentance.” God never pressures or coerces. He simply offers a better alternative and lets you decide. He speaks with a “still, small voice” while His enemy screams at you. (Usually with some emotional terrorism or some physical hunger or the other.)
Satan has spent centuries – primarily through religion – trying to convince people that God is a tyrant that demands obedience. Nothing could be further from the truth. As is always the case, anything that demands obedience is satanic. That’s how he operates.
“But,” you might say, “what about all that talk in the Old Testament about ‘do this or I’ll destroy you’?”
God’s will is already done. He’s outside time. His “will” is not like your ”will” or my “will.”
When you or I say, “Do x and I will do y” or we say, “If you don’t do x, I will do y,” that’s very, very different from when God says similar things. Like satan, we’re bound by time and what we mean is, “I’m going to do this in the future.” (Time is unique to the earth. Satan was cast down to it and we were created in it – partly to punish him.)
When God says, “I WILL…” He’s talking about something that is settled. When He says, “If you do this, I will destroy you” it’s not a warning about what He intends to do. It’s a warning about what He has already done. It’s settled spiritual law. He’s giving us a loving warning not to violate what cannot be changed.
It’s like a sign that says, “STOP! BRIDGE OUT!” Atheists and other God-haters read that through a (satanic) distorted lens and say, “Don’t tell me what to do! I have free will! Fuck you! I’ll do what I want! And don’t ever threaten me again!” (That’s that rebellious voice that comes only from satan. That’s how he lives.)
God can’t revoke the free will He has given us. It’s part of that settled will of His. It cannot be changed, even by Him. So, despite the protestations of ignorant religions spawned by satan attempting to blame Him for everything that goes wrong, it’s our own ignorance that causes our destruction. The Bible says, “You can believe a lie and be damned.”
(When dealing with government that is expressed as, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Because government is evil and even the legislators that vote on millions of pages of “law” don’t know the law, you can’t possibly win there.)
The Good News – the Gospel – is that you don’t have to wonder and then wander into destruction. The same loving God that set all of this in motion also gave us a manual. He explained – clearly, if you care enough to study – where the walls are.
His “commandments” are not requirements. They are recommendations made in love.
The Better News – the real Gospel – is that He’s a God of mercy and grace. He IS love. We’ve all violated his laws and rules. He has already forgiven you. He’s not a lawyer, but satan is. God never has, never will and never would prosecute you for these violations. Almost as good as that, if you’re willing to learn His loving Word, it’s full of promises that are just as guaranteed. ”If you will harken to my voice and obey my commandments you will eat the good of the land.” (That’s an amalgamation of Deuteronomy 28 and Isaiah 1 but it’s not out of context in either case. Although, Isaiah 1 adds a condition – you must be “willing AND obedient.” My paraphrase also drastically understates the promise in Deut 28.)
But He also cannot violate what is settled spiritual law – His Word. He’s not trying to enforce it against you. He’s trying to save you from your violations of it. He’s gone to great lengths to do that.
It’s up to you. Will you accept unconditional exoneration and seek to live a better life? Or will you respond to this with rebellion and seek more destruction as you work even harder to slam yourself against walls that can’t be moved while giving up the blessing of obedience to a rich, loving Father that wants to spoil you?
“Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve YWHW.”
Of course, you can choose to reject Him and live like hell while on your way to hell. If you do, your de facto god becomes – not you, as satanism and atheism preach – but government. I can guarantee you that you will find mandates, force and violence there. That’s all it is. Run back to the top of this post and see where that comes from.
I’ve studied the Bible since I was eight years old and the main thing I’ve learned is how much more I have to learn. (That’s exactly the state of “science” except that I’m studying Truth and they’re reluctant to admit their mistakes.) But I can tell you that I can back up – with both scripture and personal anecdotes – that everything in this post is true.
The choice is always yours. Thank God for that.