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What Is Free Will?

You wake in the morning

You may have a choice of which side to leave the bed

You have a choice as to what to have for breakfast

You have a choice as to whether to go to work

You have a choice as to what you do for the rest of the day

You are under no duress

Were any of your choices pre-determined?

If you got dress for work but later

Changed your mind and stay home

What was the choice in there?

Was it the dressing up, was it the change of mind?

Could anyone one have known that

You were going to dress for work

And then change your mind?

It is said God is omniscient

Could he have known about

Your choice before you?

If he knew, were you locked into

The path he set out for you?

If you were locked in by god's knowledge

Then you had no choice.

Then you had no free will.

Then free will is an illusion.

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The state of freewill is the state of supremacy,control,that is the almighty,and you, if you can.Can you make it stick?

Ability to control choices.

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Free will is that you are free to make choices. It is an integral part of the human spirit. Free will is not incompatible with the fact that God is all knowing as tpaine seem to imply. I wonder why tpaine wants God to know of a choice that has not been made. Why will God know something when their is no something? It is like demanding that you find a book or some other object in an empty room. All knowing means that God knows of everything that exists in his creations and a choice that have not been made does not exist.

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The concept of freewill has to be put in perspective. Having freewill presupposes the following:

- You have options

- You are aware of the options

-You can choose which option you decide to. Choices cannot be imposed on you.

-Consequences are attached to each of the options.

Learn from the example of Ancient Israel. Even though they were God's chosen nation, he always laid bare the options to them i.e if you go this way, this is the consequence but if you choose the other, this is the consequence. Inspite of the several privileges they enjoyed as his special people, they kept sinning against him over and over again and he on the other hand kept appeasing them to make decisions dat won't hurt them. However, he did not impose any course of action on them. Infact the scriptures show he was deeply hurt by the negative reactions. That does not sound like the concept the poster was trying to put forward. We are not propelled like robots. If we weren't free moral agents, don't you think all the people in the world would just be zombie-like followers of the Maker? Instead, we are choosing our paths in life: whether to serve God or not to.

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Well, I trained professionally as a mathematicial and engineer but would describe myself now as an amateur philosopher.

I spotted many contradictions in your post, but let's just look at one;

You said angels can only obey god. How come Lucifer and his cohorts did not obey god and later became known as the bad guys?

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@ tpaine

U re a smart man,u re confused,but u got to have faith to believe what i ve say, Firstly,faith is beleiving in what u cant see ,prove or figure out.Thats why i need to ask if u re a phylosopher or a scientist.If u re then dont read this cause they always need proof to beleive.

My faith preaches this, Man has been created in a hasteand we were given free will to choose from write and wrong.Thats why we are different from the angels.They dont have any choice than to obey God.They ve been created to do only good.They cant do bad and so is satan and his cohorts.they can only do evil and never good.

Thats the first stanza, check out the 2nd stanza,

God is the all knowing .He knows all thats in the deepest part of ur heart and that includes what you re going to think tommorow and forever.He knows which way u will tread and what will be.Infact ,he knows when, how and when a single leaf drops/will drop from a tree.

So , u see he is given u a free will but he knows what u re going to do.

So what do u make of that other than to keep being with him.God is the one that keeps beating u and u must keep running towards cause he is the only one that can protect you.

He already knows ur strenght and weaknessess and then tries u.9abraham----------

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God doesnt already know what we will do.

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Tasma, thankx for restating the question. A lot of people have simply missed it.

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Think the question actually is, if God already knows what you will do, then do you really have free will?

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It is said God is Omniscient. Not that He determines what we do. God is not bound by time, so he has already seen what will happen. However, what ever you do is determined by you.

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Free Will is a preference. It does not mean Do whatever you like. Is a choice i.e either this or that, free will enable you to select from two or more things with condition.

eg: ADAM & EVE were given Free WIll by God. But there was a condition given to them "Do NO EAT FROM THE TREE AT THE CENTRE" You see; they have the free will for all the fruits and other things in the beautify garden But to One tree.

FREE WILL does not mean FREEDOM. Free will always have a consequence of any will chossen. either good or bad.

FREEDOM also does not mean Out of control. Freedom means free to do a certain thing. And remember that every thing done or undone has a consequence i.e effect, result, outcome etc.

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