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RE: Why you don't believe in free will if you believe in God/Religion! You don't...

in #life3 years ago

I appreciate your thought-provoking article. I would agree that God predetermining all the outcomes in our life would be taking away our free will, but I don't think most God-fearing people believe that our lives and choices are predetermined. At least I don't believe that. I view God as a very wise and loving parent who sees the potential outcomes to the decisions we make, encourages us to make wise decisions, but ultimately allows us to make whatever decisions we choose, for good or bad. If God loves us (a belief that most God-fearing faiths accept) and had already determined our choices for us, don't you think He would have done a better job steering us clear of the sorrow and misery that we all go through at one point or another? The reality is that God allows us to make our mistakes so that we can learn and grow and improve. He'll encourage us to take a happier path and try to teach us how to get there, but He will never force us down any path against our wills. So that the consequences of our mistakes don't dog us for eternity, He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, to make payment for our mistakes and shortcomings, offer healing, and give us the strength to rise above our weaknesses. It can be difficult to understand God's ways with our limited sight, understanding, and experience (just like it's difficult for most of us to understand quantum physics if we haven't mastered the basics of that field of study), but as we study His words, ponder with an open mind, and desire a greater understanding, our minds can be enlightened and we can feel the truth in our hearts. It is that feeling, given by the Holy Ghost, that allows us to believe so strongly in something we cannot see and don't fully understand yet.

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Well, believing in a "God" period, means you believe in pre-determination, "voluntarily" or not! Because that means you believe there is a being that knows all that was, is and will be.. That means you know that he knows what will happen before it happens. Meaning you don't actually believe in free will. :P

Of course, to us, it seems as though we're deciding things.. because we, personally, do not know the outcome.. but we are, in fact, not deciding things, if "God" exists! You are simply acting as you have been coded to! A computer doesn't know what it's doing, it just does as it was programmed, just like us! Unless you believe in chaos and randomness. But to believe in a "God" would mean that, ultimately, you believe in pre-determination, which trumps free will! :P

Thank you for your input! :) Even if we don't agree or you don't see my point, completely, it's still nice to have some input and I appreciate your participation in the conversation! Sorry for the late reply! :P