Can you do me a favour? How many people gringe when they are asked that? Are you openly willing to do as asked without question or do you say, “depends what it is first” and then say yes anyway because you don’t want to hurt their feelings and moan about it later to someone else. This scenario is common.
Have you ever been asked to do something that you don’t want to do? Example: A friend of mine didn’t have her wallet and asked me to buy her a packet of smokes. I said, No, I don’t buy smokes for anyone, I am of the opinion that they are not good for your health and I will not play a part in contributing to that. You are my friend.
From my understanding of the Christian perspective, free will is about “moral liberty’s”, that which is judged as good, just and honest as imposed by the church. Is that freewill? Neurosciencentists suggest that the brain has a “mind” of its own and we have no control over it. Free will in absence I think. Contemporary scientists suggest that given human patterning, our responses to any circumstance can be 100% predictable. There is some truth in that. We tend to repeat our patterning until we make a decision to change, that being free will under pressure!
My view and experience of free will is based on the laws of responsibility and consequence. Often called, cause and effect or karma. Every decision we make comes with absolute responsibility, followed by it’s own set of consequences.
These decisions are not judged as good or bad, merely our ability and determination to follow through with the task decided and honour ourselves. A person who makes a decision with no conscious acceptance of responsibility, will suffer greatly in the consequences that follow.
Living life with this view, has it’s consequences. I have been called: direct, blunt, cold hearted, detached and brutally honest … C’est la vie! Such is life
If we think about a decision we made, whether big or small, it doesn’t matter, did we make it consciously, and did we accept full responsibility, and did the consequences result in a positive outcome?
Decide your way into 2018