Sunday, July 10, 2011
“Man was predestined to have free will” by Hal Lee Luyah.
Free will is the topic of the post on the blog ‘Thought for the day’ today. The topic has been debated on for centuries and a lot of disputes have risen on the subject in each generation. Those that dare to discuss it from one point of view or another will usually have their own opinion and it would probably be very categorical. I have a strong opinion about it too. There is a camp that would say that everything is predestined and our wills are bound by that predestination and there is a camp which says that you are absolutely free to choose whatever you want. I believe that a human being has a free will to choose, unless he is mentally handicapped or has lost his mind by using some chemical substances. I do believe that by way of supernatural power this faculty can be restored. It takes faith in God Almighty to get the thing done though.
““Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love. Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will. At least the ancient Greeks were being honest”” by Chuck Palahniuk.
Very interesting exposition on the subject! I know that a lot of thoughts come to our minds daily. We would not want some of them to come at all. We would like others to stay. Some of the thoughts that we don’t like have power. They are full of energy and try to captivate your mind. Sometimes these are temptations, sometimes just stupid thoughts that do not give you peace. It does not matter how strong they are and how powerful is their attraction you decide whether to allow them to stay in your mind first, and act on them second.
There is not a single thought in the mental world that could break your free will and force you to behave according to the nature of the thought. No way! I will never agree to the idea that we are slaves and cannot choose what we want. You become a slave if you give in to the temptation, but if you are able to control yourself you are not a slave. The Bible tells us that we are slaves of sin if we do sin. But if you are able to resist a temptation and cast it away you will not be a slave to sin. And if Jesus Christ forgave your sins, you have power to resist all temptations. Glory to God! You have a free will. What if you don’t believe Him? You have a free will, but you are also bound by your sinful nature. Only God through Christ Jesus can set you free. Then you will be free indeed.