[X-post to r/TrueChristian] A challenge for Arminianism- Libertarian Free Will is not only wrong, it is logically incoherent.
I intend this to be a friendly discourse/debate on the logical virtues/lack there-of in Arminian theology and philosophy. This is dealing mainly with the logical/philosophical challenges to free will, and so I am not focused on the Biblical evidence against it.
LFW Theology cannot answer the following question:
Why are some people more likely or more inclined to make this free willed choice, when given the exact same information as others?
There are four possible answers:
Some people are more humble or intelligent or open to this truth (or have some other characteristic making them more inclined to accept) than others.
Some people are being blinded from this truth by Satan.
None are more or less likely on their own, it is due, essentially, to random chance that some except Christ and not others.
None are more or less likely on their own, it is due to God's action that some are given the desire to choose Christ.
We will now see that answer 4 is correct.
If #1 is true, either a) This humility or intelligence or other characteristic of the person in question was randomly assigned to them, ingrained in them through circumstances they found themselves in, or they were designed to have it by God. None of these options permit LFW, since the person is not in control of any of these possibilities. The first one is randomness, and the other two are both de-facto Unconditional Election. Therefore, if answer 1 is correct, Arminianism is false.
If answer number 2 is true, some people are being forcibly blinded by Satan so that they cannot see the truth leading to salvation. The reason it must be a forcible blinding is because if it is merely the choice to follow Satan on the part of the man, it leads us back to the original question. Why do some choose to follow Satan and others don't? If Satan can forcibly blind people, there must be a reason why he isn't blinding everyone. Either Satan is making the choice not to blind some, or God is preventing Him from doing so. God has the capability to prevent Him from blinding anyone, and so God is choosing to let Satan blind some. This is de-facto election on either God or Satan's part, and so if answer 2 is true, Arminianism is false.
If answer #3 is true, the choice to follow Christ is due to random chance, and is therefore not a choice. This is also demonstrably not correct, as salvation is not random.
Therefore, the only answer left for the Arminian is answer 4, which is Calvinism.
This hopefully demonstrates that Arminian philosophy is not only false, it cannot even be conceivably true. It is incoherent. In order to disprove my position, one must show that the salvation of an individual is entirely in their own hands as far as accepting Christ, and that nothing and no-one plays a part in determining that we do so.
(For the x-post in r/Reformed, I do not expect debate from this unless anyone wants to play devil's advocate. I figured you guys might just be interested to see it.)
Submitted by Corbros