Do we have free will in Heaven if we can’t sin?

How will free will work when we get to Heaven?

If we cannot sin, then will we still have free will? What will Heaven be like without free will? A world without free will doesn’t sound like a place I want to spend eternity. I don’t want to be a robot forever.

If we have free will, will we be able to sin in Heaven? If we sin while in Heaven, does that mean we can be kicked out of Heaven? If this is true, then it seems like we will spend an eternity in fear of being removed because of sin.

I had these questions when I was growing up in the church, and I frequently get these questions when speaking to students. We ask these in order to better understand how we will live an act in Heaven. To answer these questions, we first need to correctly understand free will.

Here is my short response at a recent Q&A.

What do you think about free will in Heaven?

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Ryan Pauly graduated in 2010 with a B.A. of Religion and an emphasis in Youth Leadership from Vanguard University of Southern California. After graduating he became a missionary in the Dominican Republic. During his four years of living in the Dominican Republic; he taught English, Worldview, Apologetics, and Leadership to junior high and high school students. Ryan moved back to Southern California in 2015 and started teaching Historical Christian Doctrine, Apologetics, Comparative Religions and Worldviews, and Philosophy of Ethics at a Southern California Christian high school. In 2017, Ryan joined MAVEN as a field guide for their worldview missions experiences and became a trained volunteer apologist for the Reasons to Believe apologetics community. Ryan received his Master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Talbot School of Theology. He also holds a certificate in Science Apologetics from the Reasons Institute. His writing has been featured at,,,,, and he is also a contributor for the updated version of the popular Apologetics Study Bible for Students which released in 2017. Along with his writing, Ryan has appeared as a guest on Truth Matters TV.


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