When we speak of divine providence it can be hard to understand how free will, efficacious grace, and perseverative grace can exist can fully exist within its context. If God knows how everything will turn out, then how can we truly exercise free will? These topics can be confusing to those who are just beginning... Continue Reading →
In the very beginnings of sacred scripture we read of the Lord creating. Each step of creation ended a similar way with the words by describing their goodness. In Genesis 1:31 God had just finished creating man and commanded them to procreate and exercise dominion over the Earth. Genesis 1:31 states, “God saw everything that... Continue Reading →
To understand actual grace, it is important to differentiate it from sanctifying grace. Sanctifying grace is that grace that grace that we receive at Baptism. Actual grace is that grace that assists us in our daily lives. It inspires us and guides our minds to focus on the things of God and assists us on... Continue Reading →
At the beginning of sacred scripture, we read how God created man. Man was created in a state of grace, and through sin this grace was lost. This led to mankind having the stain of original sin, and a desire to sin called concupiscence. This nature requires grace to assist us in our post-lapsarian nature. ... Continue Reading →
Grace is a free gift that is given by God. What does one do with the grace received? When a gift is given to someone it requires upkeep or it will deteriorate and decay. In the gift of grace, we must cooperate through our own free will, or we can destroy this divine gift (Journet... Continue Reading →
A clear understanding of the Sovereignty of God, and a clear understanding of what free will has the potential of bridging some gaps. A better understanding can bring about unity in the body of Christ and we can better focus on the Great Commission.
In the spring 2011 edition of the Journal of Early Christian Studies Dr. Matyáš Havrda gives a very critical overview of grace and free will. Dr. Havrda is not critical in a negative sense, but uses the view of a great Church Father to describe the role of grace and free will. This is very... Continue Reading →