Why The Hardened Heart?

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Hi R____,

I am glad that God is opening your eyes to see Him and His work.

You ask,

Your assumption that…

… is exactly right. Pharaoh would have let Israel go after the very first plague had he been left to his own devices. If this were not true, then there would be no truth in God telling us that He had to harden Pharaoh’s heart.

However, there is one thing wrong with the wording of your question. You ask “if we can not make a decision against God’s will…” This is not true. We do make decisions against God’s ‘will’ just by virtue of being in Adam, where God has placed us all by the way. We are all told in Adam ‘Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.’ That is, God tells all of us, all mankind, ‘Do not sin.’ That is God’s ‘will’ for us, ‘Do not sin.’ But that was not God’s intention. God intended for Adam to sin. He had already provided for it. It had to happen because God intended for sin to enter.

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

The fact that we do make decisions against God’s commandments is demonstrated by Hosea.

Hos 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

Yet Israel’s decision to self- destruct does not alter the word of God concerning His intention:

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

I hope this is of some help to you.


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