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This chapter treats free choice in general and as it regards all the states of man. The free choice is transmitted by the Holy Scriptures, and they have their own vocabulary for it. It is called thelēma, 'the will', and eleutheria, 'freedom', and exousia, 'the power' of the will. When choice is called free, then freedom is an addition and an affection or property of the will. The object or the material of free choice is all that is subject to human deliberation, choice, and action; or, all the good and evil things that concern moral behavior and actions. Regrettably, time and again the conduct of free choice relates to evil. For in fact the remnants of the flesh and sin always remain in those who have been reborn, because the regeneration or renewal of their nature has only begun and has not been perfected.

Keywords: evil; free choice; freedom; Holy Scriptures; sin

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