posted on Feb, 14 2011 @ 01:18 PM
Originally posted by arpgme
It still doesn't change the fact that God is acting like the mafia. He's basically saying "You can do whatever ya like but if you don't do as I
say, I'll torture you.", how is that free will at all?
Of course it is, it's the epitome of free will. You are free to live your life as you like, and you can choose to live by the guidelines that God
gave you, or not. Many Christians (and I am among them) believe that hell was not intended for humans, but is the only place in the spiritual realm
where one may be outside the presence of God (the whole eternal fire and stuff, meh, who knows.) After you die, if you have used your free will to
live apart from God, judgement pronounces that you be given that which you've asked for -- existence apart from God.
It's akin to a speed limit. There is a speed limit, beyond which you're not supposed to drive. But your car isn't magically limited, you have to
make a conscious decision whether to obey that limit or whether to break it. If you break it, you run the risk of getting caught and being punished,
but you wouldn't say that this breaks your free will, would you?
Christianity is the same way -- the rules are clear, and the risk you run is that God is real, the rules are the rules, and there is a punishment that
you can't evade for breaking them. But it's still your choice, your free will.