The first temptation to mankind was that they should disobey/disbelieve/reject God's "WORD". That they might partake the fruit of the forbidden tree. That they might be as gods. Man's prime desire is and has always been to be as gods, to be the captain of their own fate and master of their own destiny. Believing that we either know as well as God or that we should be able to do it without God. Man was assigned a place in the scheme of God. He was told to dress and keep the garden, enjoy the fruit of his labor, to walk with the LORD in the cool of the evening, and, oh yea, there was one don't. Don't partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. How simple life should have been and should still be had he just followed directions. But, then again, wouldn't the accepting of and adhering to God's decree's, unquestioned, have made him the equivalent of a mindless robot. That is the position offered by so many. I get tickled to over and over again observe the prayers of many, that God should "direct their every footstep, control their tongue that nothing offensive or improper might be said, to lead, to guide, to direct their every move, and then proclaim they would be mindless robots if he actually did it. Attention now....., accepting and living by the decrees of God is the rule, the expectation, the reasonable service, the duty of the creation. We should be surrendered to his will, his dictates, his decrees. Free will is the choice we have all made to walk outside those dictates. Now listen carefully, this will be a tough pill for some of you to swallow, "Yes, we all have free will, however, the exercise of that free will is rebellion against God." So many proclaim that free will allows them to chose God, to chose life, to chose Jesus. Listen up now, "To chose God, to chose life, to chose Jesus is the command, the rule, the dictate." Free will is is another choice outside of that choice. So free will is the downfall of us prodigal sons. The road home is initiated by the opening of the eyes of our understanding. This is a work of God acted upon those He had choosen. (1) He gives them to Jesus (the ability to hear his "WORD" with understanding.) (2) Jesus (the "WORD") reveals the father to them. (3) Born again. Humility, brokeness, surrender, and the understanding of our insufficiency are some of the things we encounter on the way home. He is the captain of our fate (faith) and the master of our eternal destiny. To those who say that man must have the choice in his salvation, I say, that is what got us into this mess in the first place. That is, our insistance that we have a hand in our creators work. After all we want to be the master of our own fate, huh!!