posted on Feb, 17 2006 @ 05:46 PM
All of mankind’s meandering philosophical musings usually hinge upon one key question: What is the nature of God? And this makes sense—if God is
truly the master of all creations, then the nature of God dictates the nature of His creations—and vice versa. Perhaps God reveals Himself in a
flower… and perhaps a flower reveals just an inkling of God’s disposition. All of the truly vexing questions of our time center upon the nature
of the Almighty, including such cerebral nuggets as:
“Why do bad things happen to good people?”
“Why are we here?”
“Are we alone in this universe?”
“How could a moral God allow immoral acts?”
“Would a loving God actually damn His people to Hell?”
“Is God incapable of preventing evil, or indifferent to those suffering?”
“What is the meaning of life?”
These questions—and so many more—are all predicated upon deciphering the base nature of the Almighty. While some might argue that it’s folly
for a mortal being to analyze the behavioral predispositions of an Eternal Deity, such introspection and analysis is crucial to a society that cares
about morality. If God, by definition, is moral… then the understanding of morality rests with an understanding of God. So what do we really know
about the Creator of the Universe?
Well, we know quite a few things, if we believe the Holy Scriptures to be an accurate historical record of God’s decision-making process. First of
all, God is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-powerful. He’s omnipotent, aware of absolutely all aspects of existence—from the very large to the
very small. He’s also perfect, without flaw or error, completely incapable of making mistakes. God has no beginning or end, no birth or death.
God is… God. Nothing else is even remotely comparable to the immense grandeur of our Creator.
Mankind, of course, is finite—capable of sin and virtue. We’re a creation brimming with ethical diversity. We can be both heathens and Saints,
vultures or nurturers almost interchangeably. Such is the way of free will. While machines can only follow their design or program, mankind
possesses the ability to act any which way it wants. Some of us create beauty in our wake, others leave in their footsteps much poison and anguish.
We can either take the path of diabolical hedonism… or we can lower our head in penitence before the edicts of God’s Judeo-Christian morality.
This is our choice—the beauty and the horror of free will.
But… does God have free will?
God, by definition, is perfect and moral. He is incapable of error, incapable of committing something contrary to the single most perfectly moral
act, every moment of every day, for all the infinite days of His life. God could not commit an act of immorality or behave in a way even slightly
imperfect—even if He so desired. The moment He did so, He would cease being a moral God. According to some religious teachings, the Almighty
records in the Book of Life all who will survive… and omits those who will shuffle off this mortal coil. By the very definition of God’s nature,
He could never make a mistake by writing down the wrong name. He could not create an earthquake or a worldwide flood if morality dictated
In other words, God is bound by morality and perfection to only behave a certain proscribed way. Whenever a decision is to be made, God can only take
the most morally perfect route. And if God can only make one singular choice… how can He possibly have free will? By its very meaning, inclusive
to free will is choice, the ability to decide among a diverse number of variables. If God can only walk the path of moral perfection, is it possible
that our Heavenly Father—for all His powers and abilities—lacks free will? In this way, is man more powerful than God? And I’m not defining
power by the capability of destroying planets or creating the universe… but by possessing the innate ability to make moral choices. In many ways,
the sun is much more powerful than man—but for all the sun’s powers, it cannot deviate from its finite path. But man, free and unencumbered,
chooses a path that’s completely his own making.
Perhaps God wasn’t motivated by love when he breathed life into mud or created woman from the rib of Adam. Perhaps He had no other choice. Perhaps
God was a slave to morality, solemnly obligated to perform all perfection demanded. Perhaps God—just like the sun—follows his celestial orbit
with mindless nihilism.
By this token… what’s the purpose of prayer? Why bother praying to a God that lacks free will? It would be akin to praying to the toaster oven
for your bread to warm; in both cases, God and the toaster oven had no choice other then following an edict dictated to it by circumstance. If your
aunt falls into a deep comma, God will only allow her to survive if doing so coincides with moral perfection. And if her death is the most morally
perfect occurrence, all the prayers and all the sacrifices won’t possibly induce God from deviating from perfection. Your aunt’s path is decided
by factors beyond your control. And no matter how much you pray, God is incapable of compromising His divinely perfect plan. Perhaps praying for
loved ones is just as ineffective as praying for Jack in the movie Titanic; in both cases, their fates are following a script that’s wholly
indifferent to our pleas.
Perhaps the nature of God is that He acts out of duty and obligation—and not love or benevolence.
Furthermore, how can a Being that lacks free will ever legitimately claim to be all-powerful? By definition, His power is limited, just like us.
[edit on 17-2-2006 by Dr Isaac Yankem DDS]