Originally posted by Rex282
The REAL crux of the WHOLE matter of Everything is... mankind does NOT have free will.It is the ONLY logical and truthful conclusion if there is a creator God /source(and there is ).God is 100% sovereign(the only sovereign there is) therefore everything that is God wills ...happens.It doesn't matter one bit what anyone else will is... Gods will trumps all and is in complete control of ALL things.
Man may make many choices all day for a lifetime however none of them are free from cause/effect...the most basic unbreakable law of existence. ALL was/is/will be caused by the Creator God.It can be no other way.If there is no creator God it is up to those that believe so to provide the burden of proof.It takes very little imagination to see the universe did not create itself. For those that say they believe all the scriptures read Isaiah 45:6 and Colossians 1:16-17 1 for a few of the many scriptures that support causation and the completely soveriegn will of The Creator God..
God does not have to prove anything to mankind that he exists and is the sovereign of all.He is not "pining" after humanity wishing they would come to love him or he'll fry you in a mythical hell for eternity.It is obvious God is very content that billions would believe that.because...God is causing it ALL for Gods purposes not ours.He is not worried about anyone receiving the eternal punishment of hell... there is none..just as is there is no heaven "somewhere out there" that the majority who believe in hell believe in...it is IN your midst.
Those doctrines are God giving man over to their reprobate mind of religion.... ALL is religion.i.e..The worship of MAN (themselves) as God.Idolatry.That is what man is doing when they think their will is free to "will" as they please". God the creator is causing EVERYTHING.He created EVERYTHING.He created light and dark and ..Good...and EVIL.That also means God is RESPONSIBLE for everything....in both senses of the word.
I am not trying to convince anyone of this because I know for a fact it is impossible to believe unless God reveals it (unveils..apocalypse).There is a reason and purpose for EVERYTHING even this great blindness that ALL of mankind was born with.All of mankind will be healed of this great blindness and see the futility of believing otherwise.In one sense it doesn't change anything... except your perception of LIFE! I wouldn't trade it for anything.
What you have described is an eminently 'zoomed out' view...describing all situational phenomena - macro and micro - as merely the will of god...and in a sense, this is correct (and you, in fact allude to it - then, decry its phenomenonilisation at an individual level??)...whatever, confusing in its scattergun approach...you are hitting some things...
Your last paragraph exactly describes why you do have FREE WILL (albeit, your adamant denial of it - one wonders then, who is denying?...you, or god?)
The inclusion of the 'exclusionist' paraphenalia of one 'johnny-come-lately' cosmologie, is testament to your claim that you have no will, and instead rely on referred passages that, 'your will?', or the 'will of god?' has cherry picked from relatively recent musings...Is your god exclusionist?...even of interpretation of itself?
I tend to agree with the thrust of what you present...but the ends of those pieces of string are very frayed, and unable to tie anything faithfully...