Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Duncanville, Texas
I do not believe that we have free will ultimately.
Yes we can make choices, there isn't a choice for everything that would have a direct impact on our lives. As explained in the example above, if God wanted to he could have "smitten" them all. They would have had no choice in any of it.
Also, as mentioned earlier, in order to justify your point. Using the Bible as a reference makes for a weak discussion. Reason being that not everyone believes in it, or can grasp the concept of such stories. Not to mention the fact that everyone interprets it, and relates to it, differently.
It is much more strong to invest some other form of proof that is on equal ground, and harder to argue with.
If I were to say....."I don't believe in that book.....", The only logical response would be, "then that is what you believe (opinion)". Which brings me back to the point that this is indisputable. It relates to each individuals belief, or interpretation of events (and normally religion).
That is what makes the question for thinkers. We could sit here and "help" each other, or think more critically on the subject. However, in the end, there is no right answer. People spent "lifetimes" asking the same thing. Those people also came to similar conclusions, or died more confused then they started.