To reflect other sentiments, thank you so much for being willing to offer your time to answer some of our questions!
In my case, I have two friends, a soft atheist and agnostic, in whom I have been unable to give a satisfactory response to in regards to free will and God’s goodness. In a recent discussion, the agnostic friend said the biggest thing keeping him from considering following God was the fact based around God’s goodness.
He reasoned that if God knew every possible outcome and could alter everything to get the exact result He wanted, where was the free will for humanity? Wouldn’t technically everyone be doing what they were supposed to be doing and therefore heaven and hell were unfair sentences for people who had no ultimate control over God’s sovereignty?
He does concede that he can understand how God could underpin humanity and where He can work within our own choices to get a result, but doesn’t that then mean He ultimately controls everything regardless of what we do and therefore leads everyone to predestined locations?
While I don’t fully understand what he was trying to say myself, I believe he was pointing out that if God is fully in control, even if we have some semblance of free will, then wouldn’t God be ultimately responsible for whether someone goes to hell or heaven then since He controls the world? Like giving someone the right sign or the right thing to push them to come to know Him since He knows they will say yes if He shows it to them?
I know it’s another free-will versus predestination arguement, but any insight you could offer would be greatly appreciated!