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A very thought provoking post! You get me thinking and that's a good thing for me! sam 

posted by sam444 on May 7, 2017 at 12:51 PM | link to this | reply

The topic of free will and religion is a deep one that you've put time in, thinking.

posted by BC-A on May 2, 2017 at 5:27 PM | link to this | reply

Blackcat

I agree with your point about free will, and needing restraint and judgement to use it properly.  Most of us are doing that fairly well.  My concern is with the excessive abuse of free will by evil people.....  think Holocaust,  Armenian genocide,  ISIS,  Hitler,  Stalin,  Mao,  Kim Jung Un,  Ashar Bashad,  or your average mass murderer that pops up in the news just about every day.  Just yesterday in Austin, Texas there was a guy running around with a large Bowie knife,  slashing and stabbing people.  Where was his restraint and judgement?  Does he deserve unlimited free will?  No,  and it will be taken away from him by us,  but there should be a metaphysical system in place to handle this.  We did not know he was going to do this,  but God knew.  If we do not see the need for this,  and begin to demand it from our metaphysical superiors,  then it will never happen.  This sort of thing will be the subject of my next post.

posted by GoldenMean on May 2, 2017 at 4:12 AM | link to this | reply

FSI

Thanks for reading, and for the compliment.

posted by GoldenMean on May 2, 2017 at 3:58 AM | link to this | reply

Having free will doesn't mean we need to act on it... every action has a potential consequence and it's up to the individual to decide what they can live with, and what they cannot.  

Also, I don't believe that being atheist is equal to being a scientist.  Many scientists do believe in God.  The two can actually coexist.   As Albert Einstein said:  "Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." 

posted by -blackcat on May 1, 2017 at 7:05 AM | link to this | reply

A very thorough analysis of free will. You have done a great job summing it up.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on May 1, 2017 at 5:34 AM | link to this | reply

Lioness

Thanks for your comment.  Yes,  our "free will"  will continue to torment us,  until we learn that it is not an entitlement,  but that it is a gift from God that requires great responsibilty,  in order to use it properly.......  just like any other skill or power. 

posted by GoldenMean on April 30, 2017 at 11:14 PM | link to this | reply

I am struggling this, I browsed but I think this should be added to my blog list. I am a Christian, though I don't agree with a lot of the history that has happened in the name of Christ. Free will is a torment of yourself, going from what you were raised to behave to what you actually want to do in behavior. We are taught what is wrong and right, and there are situations where a primal instinct fights to the surface and we have to either choose what we are told against what we are feeling. I have been struggling with this with a friend of mine. After my car accident, many of our arguments was based on his reply of 'your choice' when I wanted to know what he wanted to talk about.  We also have the free will to just let things go, and in that case it looks like we are just giving up or throwing in the towel when others think we should fight.

Aristotle had said, "More than one can agree on the importance of a question, but they don't have to agree on the answer." This is an interesting entry and thank you.

posted by Mariaspride on April 30, 2017 at 7:03 PM | link to this | reply

Kabu

Thanks for your comment.  But you should reailize that when you are 'comfortable' with your beleifs,  you are just withdrawing into your shell,  and you are not listening to others,  who are just as smart as you,  or perhaps even smarter than you.  This is not an edorsement of intelligence,  which can be use for good or evil.  This is merely a caution to sincerely examine your own beliefs.......  Cheers

posted by GoldenMean on April 30, 2017 at 4:53 PM | link to this | reply

just browsed through but looks interesting. I myself am very content with my faith and with my own relationship with the God of my own understanding.

posted by Kabu on April 30, 2017 at 11:24 AM | link to this | reply

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