Would you folks agree that the traditional concept of an almighty God applies to him the attribute of free will?
Yes, but not at all in the way Luther seemed to need to purport.
Ultimately, my bottom-line deepest feeling about 'free-will' is basically the ability to create, at will, living things. I feel that truly only the Father and then Christ, have so far had what I truly consider free will. Of course, Christ's free will was bestowed by the Father, but was given in full. It would surely have been necessary for the success of His earthly work--without free will what good is the sacrifice? Of what redemption the obedience?
This fine fellow believed such:
Martin Luther wrote:
God foresees, foreordains, and accomplishes all things by an unchanging, eternal, and effacious will. By this thunderbolt free will sinks shattered in the dust.
Truly, if this were so, I would revile such a god with my dying breath.
Ole' Martin was often a bit, er, eccentric in his approach. Although on a few things he was right on, IMO. But no more than anyone else, most likely--his mark was made possible, to a large extent, by timing. At least I think so. And I don't mean the Halloween postings on the door.
I mean as far as it being the 5th day going on the 6th day in the grand scheme of this age--the time was up on the dark ages, no matter what. He was just there with the mind and heart receptive to do his part.
God gives us the opportunity to choose, and we call it free will--and it does seem to make us happy, whether we truly consider it such or not. It is the lateral allowances that are manifested in the daily decisions we must make that are our tutors, no doubt.
But in that allowance God is much more beneficient than the one Luther seems to conceive of, as far as willpower and tyranny are concerned.