Why is free choice not free at all?

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God dignifies us with free will, the power to make decisions of our own rather than having God or fate predetermine what we do. Consider what the Bible teaches.
God created humans in his image. (Genesis 1:26) And like our Creator, we have free will.
The Bible encourages us to “choose life . . . by listening to [God’s] voice,” that is, by choosing to obey his commands. (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20)
To a great extent, we can even determine our future by the decisions we make today.

Our success or failure is not determined by fate.
If we want to succeed at an endeavor, we must work hard. “All that your hand finds to do,” says the Bible, “do with your very power.”(Ecclesiastes 9:10) It also says: “The plans of the diligent one surely make for advantage.”—Proverbs 21:5.

Free will is a precious gift from God, for it lets us love him with our “whole heart”—because we want to not because we have to — Matthew 22:37.

The ability to express that will which was given to us comes with consequences, mainly because we misused it from the beginning. Genesis 3:15

Finding out what the Bible really teaches can direct us toward making choices that will impact our lives in a positive way. I did and it makes a difference. jw.org

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