Free will- what is it all about?

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@1hopefulman (27220)
Canada
October 29, 2017 7:12pm CST
Free will, pro-choice, freedom to choose, is it all the same thing? What is you definition of “free will”? What does ”free will“ mean to you? Does free will mean that we can do whatever we like or does it have limits and consequences? Why did God give us “free will”? Free will- what is it all about? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To what would you compare "free will"? Knife? If misused or not handled with care it can hurt us? Automobile? Comes with a set of instructions and restrictions and needs to be driven wisely and with control?
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@andriaperry (48340)
• United States
30 Oct
God wants us to make the choice to be good or bad.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
30 Oct
I think free will is a capacity you have to make choices in life whatever they may be, and to accept the consequences of those choices.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
4 Feb
Yes! Free will is a beautiful gift from our loving Creator. Used properly it enhances our joy of living but when misused, it can even be deadly as we saw with what happened with Adam and Eve.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Feb
@1hopefulman I guess free will can also be a learning experience?
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
7 Feb
@dgobucks226 Yes, there is so much that we can learn if we want to learn. Example: On a cleaning product that says "poison if swallowed." Now, I have free will to swallow some to see if it true. What should I do? What will I do?
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@LadyDuck (151499)
• Switzerland
30 Oct
We are free to decide, we are free to do what we want, but we are not free to hurt others or to damage other people things. It's up to you to make a choice. JJ explained the concept so well.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
5 Feb
Sad that some people actually hurt and even kill other people.
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@LadyDuck (151499)
• Switzerland
6 Feb
@1hopefulman You are right, there is very little respect for the life of others in our days.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
6 Feb
@LadyDuck Yes! So we have to be extra cautious when dealing with people.
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@RubyHawk (23191)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Oct
The constitution gives us freedom to speak our own minds but we're not free to break the law.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
1 Nov
Yes, freedom comes with conditions that ensure the happiness of ourselves and others as well.
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@DeborahDiane (20592)
• Laguna Woods, California
30 Oct
@1hopefulman - I agree with @RubyHawk - we are free to speak our minds, but not to break the law. In addition, we should be free to pursue our own hobbies and interests, so long as they do not endanger other people ... which is the problem I have with people who want to collect dangerous weapons, such as assault weapons, stock pumps, large capacity ammo clips, etc.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
5 Feb
Yes, while we are free to choose, we should not misuse our freedom.
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• Laguna Woods, California
6 Feb
@1hopefulman - I agree. It is not smart or kind to misuse our freedom!
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
6 Feb
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@YrNemo (11725)
30 Oct
You have constantly interviewed us for our opinions without giving us your own view in the discussion (ah, you want us to read all of your replies to others?).
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
2 Nov
I like to have a discussion rather than express my opinions. I would like to learn as well as share. By raising questions, I am hopping to find out what different people think. Does that make sense?
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@YrNemo (11725)
2 Nov
@1hopefulman So far, I have always walked away from surveys (from what I read from here, quite a few other people do the same).
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
2 Nov
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
30 Oct
Free will, well, I wonder about that. Yes we get to make decisions, true. Every decision we make though has a consequence. So free will to me, is having the right to decide, but being careful on what you decide.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
5 Feb
Yes, every action or decision has a reaction or a consequence but we are still free to exercise our free will. If I jump into a lake I might hit a rock or drown if I can't swim but I am still free to jump.
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@JolietJake (50916)
• United States
30 Oct
'Free will' simply designates freedom of choice, to me. It can get a bit sticky theologically though...God designed us (allegedly) with 'free will', yet He also allegedly knows what choices we are ultimately going to make before we make them (predestination) which begs the question, if the future is already written, how much 'free will' do we actually possess? For an example: I'm driving along. I come to an intersection. I can turn right, left, or go forward. One of those directions leads to a car crash that is going to kill me. It has already been predestined that I am going to die in that crash. Therefore, I am going to go in the direction that leads me to it. So if it is already written that I shall die there, how could I really have 'free will' to choose any other direction?
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
30 Oct
Thanks JJ for taking the time to give a thought-out comment. I don't have that dilemma as I don't believe the Bible teaches individual predestination but only class predestination such as the wicked will be destroyed and the righteous will inherit life everlasting in a paradise. Matthew 7:13-14 (Authorized King James Version) 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. What is predestined is that those on the wide road would be destroyed and would be many, while those that have life would be on the narrow road and be few in comparison. However, the choice is up to us to choose the road we want.
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@db20747 (7470)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Dec
That's what free will is, the right to choose. If you are crazy enough to choose wrongly, then you will have to face the consequences.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
27 Dec
Exactly!
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@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
30 Oct
For me, Free will is God giving us a choice to serve him or not. Also to be a Good person or not, and how we choose to live our life as in how we want others out there to remember us by.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
5 Feb
Yes, we are free to choose what eternal destiny we want.
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@franxav (4899)
30 Oct
God gave us free will so that we choose our actions freely and express our love for Him freely.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
30 Oct
Totally agree! Love would not be love if it was forced or coerced. It has to be given willingly through personal choice. It can only be expressed through having free will.
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@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
30 Oct
I think it has something to do with a method of doing things based on your intention.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
30 Oct
Thank you! Can you think of something that it might be compared to?
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@Namelesss (1307)
• United States
31 Oct
Following on the religious theory of who and what God is and what free will entails requires a bit a thought. If you refuse the 'correct' path you face destruction. I ask you, where is the freedom in that?
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
2 Nov
Yes, to understand "free will" takes some thinking. May I ask, why would one want to refuse the good path and prefer a bad path? Hitting my hand with a hammer hurts but not hitting it doesn't. Why choose to hit it?
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@Namelesss (1307)
• United States
4 Nov
@1hopefulman If the only reason one follows God is to avoid hell, that's not much choice, it is not free will and it is not a very evolved form of thinking.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
4 Nov
@Namelesss I think it is all about love. God is love and created life. We are born and exist because of love. Our parents made "love" or somebody showed us love and cared for us when we were a baby. A baby cannot live without love. However, human love will only take us so far. We die and we cease to exist. It will take an act of love on God's part to resurrect or give life back to us. But love can only exist if there is an absence of hate, Love builds up but hate kills and destroys. We must love God, ourselves and our neighbor if we want to continue to live. Love is a choice. Love if life. Eating is a choice but if we don't eat we die. If we don't love we die but it is a choice. So it's all about love!
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@innertalks (3989)
• Australia
3 Nov
Do we have more free will that these birds do, or not?
The world operates with God running it, ultimately so. Pockets of it can be controlled or destined or changed by ourselves, and so we could say that we have some influence or pockets of free will in some limited areas only. The rest is largely out of our control I think. It mostly runs in its own way.
@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
4 Feb
In your own personal life, do you think that you can exercise free will in the decisions you make?
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• Australia
4 Feb
@1hopefulman We can all exercise free will, even me too, of course, but what I meant by my answer here was that this idea of free will is not as clear-cut as it might seem to be. We can have free will in our minds. for example, making a decision to do something, but then we might still lack the courage, or conviction to action this anyway. What's stopping us here then? Real free will must operate across the board I think. I might think that I myself think that I have no free will then, and yet maybe it's more the courage to action my free willed choices, which I lack. I have free will but think that I do not, because I never seem to be able to action myself to follow any of the free will decisions already made that I would like to come about in my life. We are "given' a body, born in a certain country, with certain people, and certain environmental set-ups around us, but even so, in our life, we can think about things and decide or not to give things a go or not. Free will does not mean that what you want, or what you think about, or what you direct your actions towards even, will all pan out exactly in the way that you want them to do so. The law of cause and effect operates, and our free will operates under a larger umbrella too, so that it is curtailed in a way by this law not to upset the apple cart of God, so to speak, so that free will doesn't do something stupidly ruinitive to all, because there are consequences to every action, and our freedom is restricted to our own localised version of free will. We caanot operate our free will, thinking that it can control the World then. Every other soul, and part of creation has its own free will in its own way too. Our own free will then is governed firstly by our mind, ego, and thoughts, but only later do we realise that when we let love operate solely in us as God's will, we have really then in a way subjugated our free will to his free will in this way, but really we are not really doing this at all. We are more freely aligning our own choice to his choices for us, and the final decision to go God's way instead of our own way, against him, is always our own one too.
@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
5 Feb
@innertalks Interesting points!
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@Hannihar (32582)
4 Feb
I feel free will is be able to to what you want to do to a limit.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
4 Feb
That is correct! Let's take walking s example. We have legs and so we have the freedom to walk wherever we want. We can walk to a mountain, beach or forest. We have the freedom. However, does that mean that we can walk in the middle of the street when the light is red or in somebody's yard or on somebody's foot?
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@Hannihar (32582)
4 Feb
@1hopefulman It is dangerous to walk in the middle of the street where one can get hit.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
4 Feb
@Hannihar Yes, it is dangerous to misuse our free will such as happened to Adam and Eve. There are serious consequences and we can lose our everlasting life.
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@nangayo (2340)
• Nairobi, Kenya
30 Oct
Go giving us free will is the freedom to choose to either follow him or not. You do not have to pay anything to follow him.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
2 Nov
Yes, whether we will live by God's ways or not is a free choice we each have to make. God will not force us to love Him. Since God is love, He cannot force us to love Him as love is only love when it is freely given. Hosea 14:4 (King James Version) 4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
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@nangayo (2340)
• Nairobi, Kenya
3 Nov
@1hopefulman in fact the most important thing is that no one is superior than the other in Gods eyes. What a loving God he is.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
3 Nov
@nangayo True!
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@Lusye28 (230)
• Bulgaria
5 Feb
Free will is not something I can describe in a few sentences, but I'll try my best. For me, it's the fact that people have a choice and can decide on their own about the small things that happen in their lives. Regarding the big events, I don't think they can be changed by free will.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
5 Feb
Interesting! What do you mean by the big events?
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
30 Oct
Free will is an interesting concept. I think it means that we are *supposed* to live a good life, be good to others etc... but we are free to choose different actions - thus making it more meaningful if we do choose good over wrong.
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
2 Nov
Yes, choosing good works out well for us as well as others while choosing evil hurts others and hurts us even more.
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@buenavida (7960)
• Sweden
30 Oct
God has given us freedom of choice, we can decide what to do, but He also tells us what happens if we refuse to follow the advice he gives us in the Bible. He is like a loving Father, who wants his children to be safe and happy..
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@1hopefulman (27220)
• Canada
4 Feb
I totally agree. He gives us commandments for our own good, protection and long life.
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