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Can you believe in free will if you don't believe in [[God]]?  Can you believe in free will if you '''do''' believe in God? If there were a God, could God have free will?  Could anybody else? What the hell does free will mean, anyway? Discuss!
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'''Free Will''' is the power of a consious mind to have controll over there environment, future, and "destiny".
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==Christianity and Free Will==
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According to Christian doctrine, God gave humans free will. But, also according to doctrine, God knows everything: past, present, future, what you had for breakfast this morning.
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If God knows what you are going to do in the future, then you really have no say in the matter. It doesn't matter what you do, you will always end up living the future that God already knows about.
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Also, the doctrines of [[predestination]], and that God is the Creator of All Things, contradict the Idea of free will.  If God has a plan for us all, then no matter what you do, it's God's plan. That, presumably, includes killing, or raping somebody, or (gasp!) being an athiest.
  
 
[[Category: Philosophical issues]]
 
[[Category: Philosophical issues]]

Revision as of 08:00, 31 July 2006

Free Will is the power of a consious mind to have controll over there environment, future, and "destiny".

Christianity and Free Will

According to Christian doctrine, God gave humans free will. But, also according to doctrine, God knows everything: past, present, future, what you had for breakfast this morning.

If God knows what you are going to do in the future, then you really have no say in the matter. It doesn't matter what you do, you will always end up living the future that God already knows about.

Also, the doctrines of predestination, and that God is the Creator of All Things, contradict the Idea of free will. If God has a plan for us all, then no matter what you do, it's God's plan. That, presumably, includes killing, or raping somebody, or (gasp!) being an athiest.

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