Imagine one day I give you a million dollars as a gift, but there is a catch; you canít spend it. You canít invest it, you canít give it to anybody, you canít even let anybody know you have this money; all you can do with it is keep it. And I tell you, if you spend one penny of this money, I will kill you! Would you consider this a good gift?
Now according to the bible, God gives everybody free will to serve him or not, but there is a catch; you canít use it.
If sin is defined as transgressions against the law of God, (doing your will instead of Godís will) then unless your will mirrorís Godís will, you will sin and wind up in Hell when you die; a fate worse than death, if you use this free will God gave you.
So you have God saying, ďI am going to give you the gift of free will to do whatever you want, rather than making you a robot and having you do everything I want, but if you donít do exactly as I want you to do, (your will instead of my will) I am going to send you to Hell to burn forever.
Much like the $1,000,000.00 that you canít spend, or invest, free will under Godís rules is as useless as the $1,000,000.00 under my rules; because if you use Godís free will and do your will rather than his, you will be damned.
But if you act like a robot and do exactly what God tells you to do then you will be rewarded when you die and you can go to Heaven where you can continue acting like a robot doing everything God wants you to do; doing his will instead of your own.
So what good is free will if you canít use it? We might as well be robots! Your thoughts??
Free will is used to accept the gift or not accept the gift.
After accepting the gift God offers then one's will becomes subject to his will.
If not accepting the gift of God then one is at liberty to exercise the ways of the world.
I would see the same applying to a gift of money. If one accepts the money in free will then one is limited to the restrictions placed on the gift.
If one does not accept the money by free will then one is still at liberty to do whatever.