Exodus 4:21And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
I think every atheist who has been in the trenches has heard the "free will" argument from theists. God seems uninterested in proving anything himself? Free will! Not a lot of people accepting your claim? Free will! So much trouble and immorality in the world? Free will! Here in Exodus we have an example of God flipping the dove to free will!
This isn't god "removed his grace" or "gave pharaoh over to his own desires" or such flimsy evasions like that. God is actively tampering with the will of a human being here. Sometime in the future I'll share Yahweh's other moments of "what free will?" in other passages and particular aspects of Christianity. (Tower of Babel, King Saul, doctrines holding predestination, "curses" in the Bible, King Ahab, and several other references & superhappyfun religious observances)
|Yahweh- the kind of guy who plays chess against himself (so he can win)|