Free-Will Defense Essay

666 Words May 26th, 2005 3 Pages
Free-Will Defense The Free Will Defense is an attempted solution to the problem of moral evil. Human beings are gifted with free will by God as a condition for genuine morality, trust, love, and the like, though it also makes possible the introduction of moral evil into the world. There are various questions that are asked with the question of God. Many ask questions like- why did God give humans the ability of free will knowing that they will abuse it? Is free will a condition for real humanhood? Could God have made us free and unable to sin? These questions that are frequently asked are left unanswered. People believe all different things.
In the Bible, the first humans made were Adam and Eve, and God gave them free will. Adam
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Mackie believes that if God could make people free to do whatever they chose, then why didn't he just make humans do good all the time? He believes that God wasn't faced with a choice between making innocent people and making people who would sometimes go wrong. It would have been easier had God made people always go right. Mackie concludes that God obviously failed to reward himself of that possibility because it is contradictory with his being both omnipotent and completely good. He claims that if God is essentially omnibenevolent and essentially omnipotent, then it is logically impossible that God and evil should co-exist. Plantinga's free will defense is a subtle and complicated attempt at answering Mackie by arguing that it is logically possible that even an omnipotent God might be unable to create any considerably free creatures that always do the right thing. However, the great value of significant free will, a God placed in that predicament could be morally justified in creating significantly free creatures that sometimes go wrong. On the pro side of the Free-Will Defense, Platinga makes very good points. How could God make his creatures do good all the time? That would not be giving free will at all. In order for human beings to be capable of moral goodness, they must also be capable of moral evil. In the con side, many wonder that if God were all omnipotent and omnibenevolent, then why would he create any evil in this world? The Free-Will

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