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Subject:  Re: On second thought, 2828 - Small Cap Issue Date:  1/30/2013  10:16 PM
Author:  CCinOC Number:  669441 of 757796

Free will is an illusion. All major religions are based on free will.

I was raised Presbyterian. They believed in free will but predestination also. Seems contradictory but its not. A human has free will, but the creator is perfect & and all knowing thus knows how you choose. Sorta catch 22.<g>

“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” ~C.S. Lewis

Put another way...

Evil can exist only in a world that has free will. God did not create people as robots. If we were forced to love God and do good all the time, then it wouldn’t really be love. How would spousal love feel if your spouse had no choice but to behave lovingly toward you?

Therefore, free will isn't an illusion. It's a real phenomenon.
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