Free Will / by kevin murray

I've heard many complaints in my life crying about the injustice of God.  When something bad happens, and typically this is on a very personal level, there is a cry that "life isn't fair", or in especially distressing times, that "there is no God", or how could God allowed this certain negative something to happen!  Really?!

Human beings can only be looked at in one of two possible ways.  Either we are beings with "free will" or we are some sort of "puppet". If we are indeed puppets than this world is therefore an elaborate and cruel hoax.  There really isn't any inbetween between these two positions.  It has to be all one or all the other.  As President Lincoln stated (while referring to our civil war): "A house divided cannot stand….  It will all become one thing or all the other."

So those that complain about an uncaring God, an unjust God, and a truculent God are missing the very point.  We are agents of free will. How do we know this?  The story of Adam and Eve is an allegory.

 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened…

            Genesis 3:5-7


That decision was the decision of mankind to break free from God's divine plan and to instead create their own, as if they were gods, and therefore we are left to suffer the consequences and the vagaries of that free will decision.


The world that we live in today is a world of duality, of good and evil, of pleasure and pain, of light and dark.  If this world brings us trouble, that trouble comes from us, not from a capricious God.  God did not create this duality, we did it to ourselves.

To escape from this duality we must find our way back to God.  It is not, and never will be effective, to believe that our demands or petulant wishes will be implemented by God.  This is egotism speaking which will be answered not.  As President Lincoln said at his 2nd Inauguration, "Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other."

It isn't possible for God to fight or to be divided against Himself. You cannot bend God's will to your desires.  We are God's fallen children and not the other way around.  But like a Parent, God listens to you, hears you, cares about you, and loves you unconditionally.  However, it is the height of arrogance to believe that our perspective, or that our wisdom could ever possibly supersede our Creator.


Every day we make choices, because we have free will.  When the prodigal son demanded his inheritance, his father acceded to his wish, and although his father greatly missed that son, he did not force or compel his son to come back to him.  But come back he did, of his own free will, for his own reasons, and his father was well pleased.

 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him…  For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found…

                Luke 15: 20, 24


It is our free will to make that same choice or not.