Happy New Year, everyone. This is a good time to look at whether we have the free will to make New Year’s Resolutions and succeed with them – or is it a lost cause and, ultimately, we have no free will.
The following question was raised by Thirdobservation in Q & A: “I read your three omni-posts and have a question about free will. In your last one you say we have free will but how can that be if God knows everything and is all powerful? If I personally decide something with “free” will then I have that power to decide, so I have that specific power and not God.
“You might say he could override me (but he doesn’t, or it isn’t free) or he had the power to give me free will but at the point of making the decision it is my power to decide (so he can’t be all powerful) and presumably because it is my choice then God doesn’t know the outcome of my decision until I declare it so then he isn’t all knowing.
“How do we have free will?”
The answer, in short, is Yes – we have total and absolute free will. This is part of The God Franchise that we have individually been given. If we go back to the very start, with the allegory of Adam and Eve, God gave them (and us) free will, and although they were warned not to, they had the free will to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I discuss the implications of this in great depth in the book. But for now, about free will …
Let’s assume we have total free will and there is no God. Today, we decide with total free will to do number 82 of 100 options. If we look back at that tomorrow, we can say with certainty we freely chose option 82 of 100 options. Now, if we add a God who can see the past, the present, and the future, and if He were to focus on tomorrow, He would merely see that we had chosen option 82 out of 100 options with our free will. It is that simple. This does not compromise either His omniscience or our free will.
If God is omnipotent, does that mean that He has the power and I don’t? There are two major reasons God is omnipotent: First is that He was/is the prime cause of everything and He could not make anything more powerful than Himself.
Second, He, God-Consciousness, is the substance or essence of everything. There is nothing that exists that is not made up of the fabric of God-Consciousness. If it was meaningful to say this, you could say that God is the sum total of all His various expressions or forms, and therefore however powerful any one of those forms might be, it is still a subset of God-Consciousness, and there are gazillions of other expressions or subsets that make up the totality of God-Consciousness. Logically, the totality must always be greater than any individual subset.
The first concept to get our heads around is that our being, that you and me, are not separate from God-Consciousness. From God’s perspective, He is the totality of everything that exists, and through that is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. From our individual perspective we are merely a splash of water in His Ocean.
Of course we have free will. Why would God create a bunch of automatons? What’s the fun in that?
So make those New Year’s Resolutions freely, and you have the power to decide personally and freely whether to carry them out or not. You have total freedom and responsibility in doing that. Thank God!
(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)