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Another one of those all important religious questions. Just how much does our own will have to do with anything? Just how much control do we have in our own lives? This is a question that I often get asked during religious debates. How can free will exist with an all-powerful, omnipresent, all-knowing God?

How does free will exist if God knows what you are going to do before you do it?!

Well this focus on the nature of God, which I have dealt with in a previous blog (link), but this is more of a question of the nature of man. This is a question for man to answer, about man. And the point is that freedom of will, of choice, of expression, is really all we got in the long run, makes this whole ball of wax meaningful.

‘Pray like everything depends on God, act like everything depends on you.’ That is what Pat Gray says.

Because God may know what you know, know what you are going to do, how you were born, how you will die, and everything in between. But you don’t.

We still have to act, we still have to make decisions. We still have to go on and lead our lives to the best of our ability. Because we simply have no other choice.

Because we have to assume that we have free will. We are not all-encompassing. We do not know. All we can do is try to make rational decisions based on our intuition and our love. We only exist in the here and now.

So we have the Free Will to try to lead the lives in the manner that makes the most moral sense to us. So that we can try to explore the universe, creation, God, the supernatural, each in our own way.

And I personally do not think God would have it any other way.

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4 Comments

  1. > We still have to act, we still have to make decisions. We still have to go on and lead our lives to the best of our ability. > Because we simply have no other choice.
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    > Because we have to assume that we have free will. We are not all-encompassing. We do not know. All we can do is try to make rational decisions based on our intuition and our love.

    Considering God as the creator/cause behind everything, even our rationality (intellect), intuition and love spring from his grace. Human beings have the ability to evaluate choices given a particular situation, compared to other living organisms who are quite limited and can only respond to “sensual urge – hunger etc.”, or “safety” when attacked. We should understand the value of these gifts and commit our best to use them in the journey towards our ideals and principles.

    Thanks for the post. Merry Christmas.

    • Merry Christmas.

      And I agree. as I think I have said in a previous post that God does give us a lot of gifts to use but how we use them is often up to us, so I believe. That is the essence of Free Will.

  2. One thing to keep in mind is that God wouldn’t think linearly. Attempting to think like God would be the same as an ant attempting to figure out a way to reconcile quantum and classical physics. So in the end we should take things one step at a time.

    Our free will needs not be explored in connection to God’s omniscience. To do this, well, we might as well expect an average five year old to figure out problems that the best minds on Earth are having trouble with.

    Now this may be a problem for those who do not believe in Jehovah, the God of Israel. But I do beleive that in physics there was a similar (or still is) debate.

    Evolution means that our existence is a result of a long series of reactions started at the Big Bang. All chemical reactions are set in place, trillions to the power of trillions times trillions of variables have been set in place. They all react in a constant manner as per the laws of nature. So what is going on is just a part of a long long long list of reactions.

    Isaac Newton had a similar belief here, as well as Albert Einstein. However quantum physics enters uncertainty because we don’t know where subatomic particles are. We only know its direction or its speed, but not both. However, is that just because of our limits? Can God know both the direction and the speed? Is the behavior of subatomic particles truly random? Even if they are, are they not just a reaction of a reaction all culminating in everything that happens in the universe?

    Or we could just shot up and listen to what Dr. Kaku (the youtube clip) says. We could also say that God, to us, is uncertain. To us, these subatomic particles do have an uncertainty principle, to creation they do have uncertainty. But to the creator…well everything already happened, is happening, and will happen. Our free will already played out and is playing out. God is just inserting new variables as our lives move un (miracles of the Bible, the Bible itself etc…). So we do have free will, we just seem to forget that God already saw it, he doesn’t “see” the future, he already “experienced” the future.

    • I think my head hurts. :S :P. But you are right it is hard to comprehend God, or nearly impossible and how we can relate. And I think you are right about the theology of it that he has already experienced everything…which is the point. This blog was not so much about God, but about us. And the idea that how can we have free will if God knows or has experienced everything. Well my conclusion is that we don’t. That there is uncertainty. That since we do not know the future and we do not know subatomics or the subatomics that we have to assume that we have free will. We have to act like we do even if at teh end of the day we are slaves of our chemicals or marianetts of God.


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