by Dr Gonzo
Why would God give us free will when He already knows who will choose Him and who won't.
|Fate is a topic I am fascinated by, and one I seek to gain knowledge from others wiser than myself. Fate and the relationship between God and free will. Not being a man of faith, yet not a denier of a higher power either, creates a lot of questions for me, but unfortunately, not a lot of answers come my way...at least, not answers I can easily accept.
Sitting on the fence between science and religion is a balancing act I wish I didn't need to perform, and I do wonder if this is a strength or a weakness? Not wanting to jump on someone else's bandwagon, then call it my own. Wanting something, but without any idea what that something is, brings many opinions my way, but not as many facts. To just accept what someone else tells me, on pure faith, is not thinking, it's following, and I am not a follower...not without conviction.
When I come to an intersection, I choose left or right, depending on where I am going. This decision has consequences attached...just as when a smoker lights up a pack a day for a lifetime or a piece of space debris falls out of the sky and lands on a random person...if I had turned the other way, a different outcome would be mine...the smoker may live a long life or not so long...and if Mr/Mrs Random hadn't pressed snooze that morning, they wouldn't have been at that exact spot when the space junk came down.
Free will doesn't quite make us masters of our own destiny, but it gives us choices...choices we must live by, and sometimes die by. Free will and fate, for a human, can live side by side because we don't know when we wake up in the morning if that day will be our last...or a million other unpredictable events that might happen. But, assuming there actually is a God...and one who is all-seeing and all-knowing, then God already knows which way I turn...and every turn I will ever make until the day I die? And if this is so, it certainly sounds like my fate is already set...at least, in God's eyes it is.
And this is where I have a problem...why would God give us free will, along with an ultimatum that unless we choose Him we are condemned to Hell. It seems He already knows our choices...left or right...Him or Hell. So, to me, this seems like a whole lot of unnecessary hoo-hah and He could have just cut to the chase and not created any non-believers and not bothered with free will at all considering He has prior knowledge on us and our free choices.
It is at best a game and at worst insider trading...only it isn't shares or Bitcoins that are up for grabs, it's our souls. I would rather everyone be let into heaven (no matter our human flaws, after all, it was God who gave us them in the first place) and be forgiven for not being a believer.
An example would be a pedophile priest, who destroys the lives of the innocent and causes so much harm. He can and will be forgiven for his sins. And if so, then surely, a person who leads a life of much lesser sin, could be forgiven...and perhaps given a choice...God standing at the gates of heaven and asking which way that person wants to go? I would myself choose heaven at that moment...as would we all...but I cannot see how destroying lives and committing unspeakable crimes against the innocent could be seen as of a lesser sin than having doubt about if there is, or is not a higher power.
I do wonder if those who believe in a certain doctrine, would want this choice to be given to unbelievers. After all, we didn't follow the rules while we were still alive, so why should we be allowed into the kingdom of God, once the truth is revealed?
I have always wondered what will become of all the other people...not just non-believers, but those who believe in a different God to the Christian one. It seems there will be more in Hell than are in Heaven...and it just doesn't appear fair or what a loving God would do.
Perhaps it would have been a better gift if we were given free will without the terms and conditions attached...and a God who didn't know all and waited to see who chose Him instead of knowing this before we do ourselves. I think it sucks that He knows, yet still allows us to live until, if we don't choose Him, we suffer eternal damnation...I mean, why bother to create us, then give us free will knowing which of us won't choose Him.
Why condemn a person who may have lived a good life, with all of the core values a Christian is supposed to have...but because he isn't a Christian gets eternal damnation for his efforts...yet a Christian, who let's face it, is only human and would have done things he will need to be forgiven for, gets first-class all the way to Heaven? There is something just not right about that. I cannot say what is right, because like everyone else in this world, I just don't know.
I do get that Christian values are a good way to live, it's just this whole Heaven and Hell thing and who deserves it and who doesn't, based on a belief system not dissimilar to many others, yet the irony is that every major religious system says they are the only way to gain entry to heaven.
I admit that I don't know much about a lot, but I do know that they can't all be right...and maybe none of them are but...exclusivity along with a little arrogance that knows who is and who is not getting paradise and who instead will receive eternal damnation is for me almost laughable...well, it would be, if there was no chance Christian beliefs are right, but they have just as much chance as anyone else.