Free will- what is it all about?
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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• Laguna Woods, California
@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.
• United States
'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?
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.
@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!
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
• United States
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.