“God” does NOT have “free will”
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15-01-2014, 02:18 PM
“God” does NOT have “free will”
If we take the standard version of the all perfect, flawless “God”, the one where everything he does, thought and action, results in the ultimate perfection. And anything slightly less than, even if only less by the penultimate of perfection, is impossible for that “God” because that would be less than perfect and “God” is nothing less than perfect,…then can that “God” actually have “free will”?

If the only choice you can make is one choice, the perfect choice. If the only thoughts you could have are the only perfect thoughts. If the only actions you can take are the only perfect actions. And not an iota less. There is only one exact way anything you ever do can play out, because nothing can vary from that perfection. Because if you took a possible action, or a past one, and tried to vary it, it would be less perfect, and by definition impossible for the perfect “God” to do anything other than. Then could he have any choice at all over his own actions?

Clearly “he” has no choice, and no “free will”.

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15-01-2014, 03:28 PM
RE: “God” does NOT have “free will”
I suppose you could argue that every time he makes a choice, he chooses to make the optimal choice.

Of course, if you're going that route (and presumably, down the creepy best-of-all-possible-worlds route), then it would be admitting that Tay Sachs and other terrible diseases are part of perfection. I think most Christians now days imply that God has some sorts of bizarre limitations to help explain why he's stuck doing things a certain way. Of course, this isn't usually talked about in church.
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