This essay The Will to be Free has a total of 1436 words and 7 pages.
The Will to be Free
There are many versions of gods and supernatural beings or deities. My focus for the purpose of this argument has to deal with one God. Some might refer to him as the Christian God or the God that has three central perfections. Those perfections include, being omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnibenevolent (all-good). With God considered omniscient, the problem of free will is brought up.
Free will is defined as the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion. Now how does free will relate to God's omniscience? If God is omniscient, that means He knows our every move before we know, He knows our future. I believe this brings up a contradiction when it comes to free will, and I propose that God's omniscience and free will are not compatible, they cannot exist together.
To give a better understanding of omniscience, imagine when a person is born there is a book, a path born with them. In the book or path it shows the person's whole life and how it will turn out. No one has access to this book but God. But if a person is born with a path and their destiny is decided for them, do they have free will? Logically it does not make sense that these two concepts can coexist.
A challenge to omniscience is shown in this proof.
God knows everything
God knows my future
God won't believe something that can be false
So, necessarily, if God knows X, X is true
Then, it must be necessarily true that I eat Panda for lunch
Therefore, this means, I could not freely choose otherwise
This deduction is a sound argument with true premises that force a true conclusion. The argument starts out explaining information we have already established with knowledge of God's omniscience. The argument then goes on to say God won't believe anything false, which also relates and emphasizes His omniscience. Line three makes sense because if God knows your future, He would not believe something false, as in He would not believe you to do something when He knows you will not do it. The argument continues with a person choosing a lunch option, that God knew they would choose. Ending the argument with proving free will does not exist, because the choice for the person to go to Panda was already established, essentially since their birth. So, technically they did not exactly choose on their own to go to Panda.
Free will is an illusion and this is why people are ignorant to the contradiction. Let's say, for example, a person is in a room and that room is locked. The person is unaware the room is locked and is asked by someone outside the room, whether they want to stay inside or come out. The person in the room expresses how they want to exercise their free will and stay inside. Again free will is an illusion. If the person had decided to leave the room, they could not. God did not put it in their path to leave. And this is how we live our lives believing we have free will. We believe we make our own decisions and can dictate how our lives are lived. However, God's omniscience is like the locked door in the example. I could believe one day I made the choice to go to class instead of the diner. In the sense of God's omniscience, I now know that it was not my choice, but a choice that was decided for me in my path and God already knew this.
There are claims of God's omniscience and free will being compatible. Just because God can foresee which choice you will make, it does not mean you couldn't still freely choose the other option. To back this claim up, imagine you have baked chocolate chip cookies. You know your son will be home soon for dinner and you leave the cookies in reaching height for him to grab. You know in your mind that your son will grab the cookies, it is something he cannot resist. He arrives home and when you come back in the