Another question from one of my posts on Medium.
I would cautiously offer the following answer, recognizing we truly don’t grasp what eternity in heaven will really look like (1 Cor. 2:9).
I would say yes, we will have free will to make our own decisions in Heaven. My opinion comes from the following theological underpinnings.
- First, back in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had free will before the fall, when they ate from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
- Second, I think we have free will today in many areas of our lives. This does not damage either the omniscience or omnipotence of God in that He knows all our future actions (John 13:19, 1 Chron. 28:9) from eternity past, but can, at His discretion, allow us the independence to make certain decisions. If that was not the case, we would be nothing more than robots, not needing a Bible, or the Holy Spirit, in order to follow our Lord.
- Third, in Heaven, we will be without a sin nature (Rev. 21:27). As difficult as it is to grasp the concept of a sinless existence in Paradise, one can imagine that without sin our “free will” should be in perfect harmony with God.
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