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確かに聖書は神様の主権を教えています。しかし聖書は人間の自由意志(free will) も教えています。人間をお創りになった時、神様は人間に善と悪を選ぶ意志を与えました。

エデンの園で、エバは、その自由意志を用いて悪を選びました。 彼女は食べては行けない実を食べてしまいました。同じ様に現在、悪を行なっている人は、みんな自分の意志でそうしています。

「私は、きょう、あなたがたに対して天と地とを、証人に立てる。私は、いのちと死、祝福とのろいを、あなたの前に置く。あなたはいのちを選びなさい。あなたもあなたの子孫も生き、 あなたの神、主を愛し、御声に聞き従い、主にすがるためだ。」




When I went to Kagoshima in December, I gave my grandson, Noah, a Christmas present. It was a radio-controlled truck. We went to a nearby park and played with the truck for about an hour. Noah made the truck go to the left and to the right, forward and backward. There is a hill in the park, so he made the truck climb the hill several times.

Some theologians think that the relationship of God and man resembles the relationship of Noah and his radio-controlled truck. In other words, the sovereign God controls all our actions. Man is like a robot controlled by God. If this teaching is true, the conclusion is terrible, for it makes God the cause of all the evil in the world.

Certainly, the Bible teaches the sovereignty of God. However, the Bible also teaches the free will of man. When God created man, He gave him a will to choose good and evil.

In the garden of Eden, Eve exercised her free will and chose evil. She ate the forbidden fruit. Likewise, at the present time, people who do evil do it with their free will.

What God desires is not that we do good because we have no choice but rather that we do good through our own will.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him.
(Deuteronomy 30:19-20a)

In Joshua 24:15, Joshua said to the people of Israel,
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Let us make the same choice.

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