Freedom And Free Will And Freedom In The Bible

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The purpose of this piece is to present the question of free will and the concept of freedom. By discussing the effects of society, emotion, ethics, and religion on can choose to see free will and freedom as theoretical concepts which are not in fact attainable. On the other hand, the individual can also choose to use these faculties as a way of proving the existence of these two theories. Freedom and free will in literature are written and described as abstract concepts and although many choose to see them within democracy and life in general, perhaps it is not the reality and is simply an illusion. Individuals choose to believe that freedom and free will are a part of everyday life because for some the idea that there is a higher being pulling …show more content…
Romans 8.28-29, 2 Timothy .9 are two examples of the way God negates the concept of free will in the bible. Much of the Bible states that our futures are created by God, and our destinies are predetermined. Those who were meant to do good and help the faith are chosen. Some example of this are Jesus, Ester, John, Saul, Job, Daniel, Mary and many others chosen by God to protect his people. Their fates were decided and irrefutable. Still many may still argue that these individuals chose to listen to God thus exercising their free will. Be that as it may, some of the most prominent religious writers in the world also deny the concept of free will. This includes St. Augustine, the founder of western religion and philosopher. Augustine claimed that God gave us free will and at the same time argued that every person had a purpose. St. Augustine contradicted himself within these two statements. If he truly did believe that he had free will then how could he also believe that his fate was God’s …show more content…
You can, for example choose whether or not to read the next sentence”(Warburton).This here is an example of the free will that was bestowed upon humans by god. Another example is the choice of adam and eve to eat form the sacred tree of knowledge. Both of these are example of the human exercise their freedom in choice. Nevertheless, this goes against the concept of the “plan” or fate. There are some who say things happen for a reason. You read the next sentence because you had to, or the plane accident that killed hundreds was all part of the bigger picture. The idea of a plan, or fate takes away from the basis of freedom and free will. If an human being is supposed to have the choice on what to do or not to do then he must not have a plan. If there is one, then this may be interpreted as the fact that none of the decisions made are our own. There is someone or something that has created our futures for each of us. This in turn may reveals that no choice is ever actually made. Every nod, stress, and piece of your life was stitched together long before the supposed decision to continue to

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