I cannot answer your question from a Christian perspective.
I can, however, give you my take from an "All that is" perspective, that is closer to my choice of comprehension.
The inner self is pure and free flowing from the division of the source called the soul.
From within this perspective and identity is created, which then becomes the interface upon this "now moment" of physical existence.
This identity is asking, "Where am I in the bigger picture? Am I really free and guaranteed a re-assimilation to the source no-matter what I choose to do here?"
The answer is; "If you realize that you are the identity of the Source, therefore the leading edge of the source, what would you do to yourself, if you could do anything to yourself.
Because that's what everyone and everything else is; Your spiritual "self"
In this realization, the self begins to treat everything as the self (in mind).
And what is in the mind comes forth in action.
God knows everything that will happen up to the edge of your free will.
Your free will is the leading edge, which is a double-edged sword.
How you treat yourself with this free will (how you judge yourself) is how you will carry forth your actions towards others.
Your behaviour and miss-behaviour is held in balance by "judgement" or "ask and it is given" or "reap what you sow" or "cause and effect" or "Karma".
Therefore, there is really no misbehaviour, only choice.
It is an adventure with guaranteed trips home where you get to assess the consequences of your exercise of your free will.
If you are asking, "Am I guaranteed a trip home? The answer is ABSOLUTELY!"
What you need to ask your self is "what kind of a report card am I taking home?"
No matter what report card you bring, you are LOVED ABSOLUTELY!
However, before this window of opportunity is over, you can decide to realize IF THIS UNIVERSE IS ME, HOW WILL I CHOOSE TO INTERACT WITH IT WITHIN MYSELF IN CONSCIOUSNESS BEFORE THAT INTERACTION IS REFLECTED AS REALITY!
If we can demonstrate this realization to ourselves through the reflection of it, from within ourselves, this maybe the last report card we will take home from this particular school of learning.
Having said my two cents worth, I am sure that our Christian friends can put forth a scripturally inspired answer that is far more to-the point and vibrationally in harmony to the question, you have asked.
answered 17 Apr '12, 22:59
I have said it many times, free will is just an illusion. But I recognize that a lot of people feel anxiousness and hopelessness when you deprive them of their privilege to make "a choice". Everything is in momentum. Energy of each and one of us has a momentum going on. That is why you can sometimes "feel" what you will be doing, or what will happen in the future. Sometimes the near one, sometimes the further one. Imagine there would be no gravity, and you throw billions of balloons into the air, each one having its own momentum, each one representing a certain occasion in life, someone's life, or a simple thought. As every balloon travels across the sky, they bump into each other, deflecting themselves from its original courses, changing their velocity, one balloon can slow you down, and another speed you up. It's not a chaos, even though to our mind it may appear so, it's already predetermined. Where will the balloons be in the next moment and even in the next thousand years.
It's our own physical world's limitation to see the grant scheme of all the balloons and to know what will happen the next moment. We travel through life on our own balloon, and we cannot know that in the afternoon of this day, another balloon, be it a story or a thought we hear, a smile we see when passing by a certain person, will inspire us to take a certain action. Because we don't see that other balloon coming our way, but it is. Inevitably it will collide with our own, because its momentum was such. What will happen after these two balloons hit each other, that I will leave your imagination to wonder about.
If you are watching a certain tv program, you are watching it for a reason. Whatever the reason may be, boredom, not knowing what else to do, or it simply interests you. There is a reason for what is happening right now. In other words, that reason predetermined the actual situation. These reasons might sometimes be so subtle, that you will not know they are the reasons you are doing what you are doing right now.
Can't decide between having a hot-dog or a hamburger? It's already destined which one you will get, because as you ponder about your preferences, there is a reason (balloon) which you will inevitably find (will hit you) determining the course of your pick. But your conscious mind is too simple to see that grand scheme, to realize all that you have ever seen, heard, felt, said,...to realize every word, action, feeling that is happening right at this very moment everywhere around you. And since it is impossible for conscious mind to recognize all these things at once, thus the illusion of having a choice is created.
Know, that this is purely my own perspective through which I see the life, that I'm only offering a glimpse of this world, not trying to make anyone live in it. For I love everyone equally and as such I let everyone have their own point of view. Or in other words, it's all the same and nothing really matters. Because for something to matter more than the other a measure, a judgement would had to be made.
So really, do we justify we have a choice only to feel better about ourselves? To nurture our egoistic feelings that "we are not slaves, we are masters of our destiny". That is duality, it doesn't matter. Call it free will or determinism - it's all the same.
Dollar Bill, you have children and you know they will grow up. Yet your children have free will. You might not know when they will make the right decision but you know that eventually they will. Even if you could know at what time they make the good decision, does it mean that they did not have free will?
God the Holy Father is Truth. All Jesus teaching are in Truth. If you do not judge you will not be judged. Jesus said to respect the first and second Commandments to stay in the Truth and the Love. in that way you will respect the 10 Commandments. If you ignore that and respect only the 10 Commandments then those Laws become dead stones.
Stones of judgement.
You are here to experience and perfect your Self, and yes, you have free will so you cannot judge another or blame another. Well, you can still do it with your free will, but on the last day it will burn you because it is your responsibility. It would be better for you to stay in the Truth but you have free will and are responsible of it.
Experience and enjoy.
When I was about nine years old, my father dropped me off at an early showing of a movie called the Buffalo Hunter. In this movie a younger and an older man were buffalo hunters. They had long rifles and were unbelievably good at shooting. They NEVER missed.
They met a young woman and the younger man began falling in love with her. One thing led to another and soon the older man and the younger man were fighting each other.The young man and the woman ran off together with the older man tracking them and threatening to kill them.
At the climax of the movie, the young man and woman were hiding in a cave overnight. They glanced through the opening the next morning and saw the older man sitting on the opposite hillside, wrapped in a buffalo hide with his rifle trained on the cave opening.
They knew he was going to kill one of them. Would it be the young man whom he felt betrayed the old man, or the young woman who incited the young man to the betrayal? The long riles were single shot and took a while to reload. It was probable that if they ran, he would only be able to kill one of them. The other could make cover and get away.
So they have these long parting goodbyes, certain that one would die. I was on the edge of my seat! Which one would he kill? How sad that this love had to end here!
So they each take a deep breath and run, all the while expecting that fatal shot. Running, panting out of breath - yet there is no shot!
They circle back, behind the old man who does not move. As the camera pans in, it becomes obvious he has frozen to death during the night. The threat was not real. The older man was dead, clutching his rifle, ice sickles on his eyelids.
The screen goes dark, the theater lights come on and I go to the lobby looking for mother of dad to take me home, but they are not there! Later, I found out that mother thought dad was picking me up and dad thought that mother was picking me up. Since neither came, I went back and watched the Buffalo Hunter again. I had never seen a movie twice.
At the climax, I watch the young man and woman going through their drama. I got caught up in the drama, but not like the first time. I think I know how the movie will come out. But the characters on the screen have great uncertainty and fear.
They run, no shot, they come back and find the old man frozen. Ho Hum.
No parent comes to get me. I go back and watch the movie again. Now, I really know the story! but THEY don't! Fear of impending death. Taking action. I am sitting back in my seat, going "Oh come ON! He is dead! No reason to run! But they, again, go through all their drama, their choices.
Maybe this is what free will is about. The movie is fixed. The plot is known. I know the entire story from beginning to end. The characters are acting out their parts as the movie is being projected, in their NOW moment.
They are making choices, decisions in their NOW moment, no knowing what the Author has in mind for them. Do they, or one of them die? Do they live happy ever after? THEY don't know. Though the movie is following a script, and the Master has the entire script in His Hands.
He knows what will happen, but He is looking to the characters to make their choices from THEIR NOW MOMENT.
So whether we have free will or it is all preordained is irrelevant. We are living in our NOW MOMENT. Perhaps if we truly know the Truth, we can be better connected to our loving God and co-create a wonderful life!
Following the end of the third viewing, BOTH my parents were in the lobby worriedly search for me and being very apologetic. I was fine. I had learned an important lesson!
answered 18 Apr '12, 08:57
The Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun. I also believe that we have free will. So, in the begining when God created us, He created every possible outcome for our lives. To do this, there are alternate realities in which these alternate outcomes exist. Like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. So we are continually moving through different realities as we make different choices in our lives.
The trick is figuring out how to move into a non contiguous reality, one where you had a different past, but puts you where you want to be now.
answered 18 Apr '12, 09:15
I have truly enjoyed reading through this discussion. I like the question because I think we've all asked it, I like the differing perspectives and the generosity of each contribution. What a great group of folks you are! I belive in Free will, just as I also believe in pre-design. I don't know how it all works together, I just feel that it DOES. I am not sure that understanding it would make any real difference in my life.
Hi Dollar Bill, Great question and yes I enjoyed all the answeres too. With all the free will and free choice man thinks they have (and yes they have) we all still land up at the same place in the end. In that there is no choice. We will all eventualy go home to the source.
What we think we do have a free choice with are the things of everyday life and to an extent yes we do. Is every thing in our life preordained? No of course not and this is where even God does not interfear. The choice of how we eventualy get home to source is entirely up to us. We dont allways make the right choice but are luckily given plenty opportunity to do it all over again.
Not only do we have a right to choose but we even have a right to choose again once we discover we don't like the choice we made. Yes interaction with others and the world arround us does effect us but in the end the choice of how is still ours.
answered 20 Apr '12, 02:45
Intuition does not impose on free will. Intuition may undermine free will's privacy, but both are magnetically joined together.
answered 19 Apr '12, 01:29
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