One of the questions that comes to me concerning God's control over every aspect of our lives vs our free will is this: is there really a middle ground? Choosing that God has complete control while we have complete resposibility for what we do wrong doesn't seem completely logical. However, to say that we have control over everything seems to take away from the idea that God actively works in our lives. The middle ground doesn't seem like an option either. If God chooses to work in any way in our lives, that takes away from the free will of a number of people, or causes situation which we do not have control over. If He so much as chooses to stop a violent act against me, then he has acted against the free will of the person who intended to commit that sin. In turn, that person may not reap the punishment he may have reaped, and go on to harm others. Isn't that a very self-centered way of seeing things? However, if I choose to believe that a violent act didn't occur because of a number of free will incidences that happened (I was in the right place at the right time, the person tripped and missed me, whatever), then I am denying something good in my life that may have been God's protection. Yes, I'm taking this beyond the salvation issue. I know it may seem irrelevent to bring up "what if's", but there are so many things that happen in life that I could have put down a real life circumstance too. I just couldn't think of any I wanted to put down right away. This is mainly a question for those that are in the middle of the spectrum, which means you believe in partial free will/partial control. You do not hold to either a complete calvinistic view or a complete free will view on matters not pertaining other than salvation.