posted on Jan, 27 2004 @ 06:53 AM
Fate vs. free will, always an interesting subject.
I see you are thinking about this from a religious point of view.
Here are my 2 cents on it:
Bible was written by men inspired by events which God caused or influenced. Therefore it is not 100% true, it can't be if you accept the idea of
all-knowing all-powerful being. Such being would not make the blatant and obvious contradictory statements that can be found in religious books.
If you accept the existence of such being outside our universe, who is able to create universes and that he/she/it also knows what is going to happen,
that still doesnt take the choice away from us. WE DON'T KNOW the future.
Imagine this: you are standing on a crossroad and are not sure which way to take. A certain person has given you vague instructions, what will happen
if you choose left, what if you chose right. Imagine now that the person can see whats at the end of each way and knows what will happen to you. That
does not affect your choice, you DON'T know so you still have to choose.
So, you do have free will.
Now to fate and predetermined things.
At this very moment, every single person will do something that will affect somebody else, whos response to it will be based on previous events, his
character (which is also shaped through events which take place in life and genetics), his current emotional state (determined by hormones which are
controled by programmed cell response), so it is a VERY complex but predetermined course of events. Cause and effect. This neverending sequence
of cause and effect is so complicated that it appears random to us. Cause and effect determine our "free will". No decision is absolutely free, it
is influenced by your character, by other people, by past events, by your emotions, by religion. A very complex chain of events which can be predicted
if you are an all-powerful being I assume. That is why God knows what is going to happen, but the knowledge of it doesnt take the limited choice from
For some reason God decided to create the world like it is now, the ultimate question "WHY" is something only God can answer. SO far he has
chosen not to. He has only given us guidance but no deffinite answers.
For some reason we are supposed to make mistakes and deal with the consequences (Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorah, our own little individual choices),
there is a reason for all that I believe. But what exactly it is, no human can give you that answer.