The answer you seek is really discovered with exploring what God's "All-knowing" or "Knowing All Things" is about. When you explore this more, you'll soon find out that there is really no conflict between "free will" and foreordaining at all.Kurieuo wrote:A response I believe one needs to look at is if God hardened Pharaoh's heart directly, then how did God do it? Is this something really logically possible? Are our hearts literally some sort of substance that can be taken and hardened? Now God may have did something like possess Pharaoh to control him, but then that isn't hardening Pharaoh's heart for Pharaoh's heart has nothing to do with the issue if God has taken over his entire being. I see the only way God can harden someone's heart, is for God to "play" them. He did this also with Jonah, "playing" him into make a decision to go to Ninevah. He knows how we will react in different situations (as he did with Pharaoh which Exodus 3:19 reveals), and can use such to his advantage to get his will accomplished.
I term 'free will' as 'autonomy of reason' more for lingustical understanding than spliting hairs as this little ditie states:
I known a Will,
but he is not free,
has a job,
and gets off at three,
kisses the wife,
lets out the dog,
bags the poo,
stops the the childrens whinning,
Listen dazedily to his spouse,
off to bed,
Are you listening to me? says she
Ah, I know a Will and he ain't free!