Here’s something I struggle with and I’m bringing it here more for clarification than debate.
Free Will (Stop groaning…)
I’ve seen it defined as the ability to choose. I’ve also seen it described as the ability to choose right and wrong. But which is it? Is there a difference? Can there be a desired option without an undesired one? Along those lines but not quite the same, can there be a “right” choice without a “wrong” one?
In the case of God giving man free will it seems that both “right” and “wrong” must be a requirement to facilitate the idea of free will because otherwise “right” or “wrong” would be base neutrality without its polar opposite. Based on that, the common assertion that “evil” is the absence of “good” seems to be somewhat illogical since, again, without “evil”, “good” would be nothing at all and vice versa.
This brings us to the subject of evil. If evil is necessary to facilitate the function of free will (which it seems to be), how can it be said to be sin, or rather, something that God does not desire? For God to desire that man to have free will, he must also desire the existence of evil as well as good in order to provide it. Otherwise we would simply be wandering in a sea of correctness and not truly capable of making a right or wrong, good or bad, desired or undesired decision, thus, no free will.