When asked why God permits this most heinous atrocity to continue many Christians blithely toss off the phrase “free will” implying that God gives us free will to do whatever we want and if God were to intervene (even though He intervened thousands of times in the Old Testament) then man wouldn’t have free will. Thus God can’t intervene if we are to retain our “free will”.
Case Closed. Sorry for the luck of the fourteen old girls who are raped numerous times a day but the perpetrator has free will and therefore he is beyond God’s reach. The fact that the rapist’s free will denies the young girl’s ability to exercise her free will is immaterial to the “free will” flimsy thinkers.
We presume the following will adequately define free will for those who use it to excuse God’s indifference to human suffering brought on by another human:
Free Will means: that man must be the “ultimate” or “originating” cause of his actions. He must be “self caused”. To be responsible for one’s choices is to be the first cause of those choices, where first cause means that there is no antecedent cause of that cause. The argument, then, is that if man has free will, then man is the ultimate cause of his actions.
The belief in free will has given us both the religious conception of “sin” and our commitment to retributive justice.
The Truth Is…
No one has “free will”.
There ARE antecedent causes to every cause.
Every person comes into a decision point (shall I rape this fourteen year old girl?) with a large set of attributes. Among the more significant attributes are
- his genetic makeup (possibly containing unfortunate mutations)
- his parents and his parenting
- the country in which he was born,
- the religion into which he was born (one that debases woman, for example),
- his intelligence quotient,
- the mores and moral codes and notions of justice and taboos of his society,
- all his life experiences prior to the decision point,
- and many other attributes; but you get the point!
Every person who has the exact same set of values for all the attributes will do exactly the same thing when reaching a decision point.
There is no free will. The response is programmed in by all of the values for the above attributes.
The next decision you make will come out of the darkness of prior causes that you, the conscious witness of your experience, did not bring into being.
How then, can we be “free” as conscious agents if everything that we consciously intend is caused by events in our brain that we do not intend and of which we are entirely unaware?
Those who chose to rape those young girls could not help themselves, given everything that makes them, them. Their behavior was pre-determined, programmed so to speak by things over which they had no control; they did not have “free will”. This is not to excuse their behavior. They should be punished severely. But they could not stop themselves.
But God could have stopped them.
So why didn’t He? Oh… that’s right…. “Free Will”.
The above was TRUTH, this is editorial:
We think that the sale and rape of young girls is the worst atrocity that can ever be perpetrated by one human being on another. How would you like it if your 12 year old daughter were kidnapped and shipped to Africa (or Spain, we just learned) somewhere where she was sold like chattel and raped by every man who wanted her? Isn’t God supposed to be loving and protective? Where’s the love of these young girls? Where’s the protection? If God will not put an end to the sale and rape of fourteen year old girls, what good is He?
We have asked Christians to pray to God to put an end to this most heinous infliction of evil but He won’t do it. We don’t know why God doesn’t act on his own but since it is promised* that he will answer every prayer, we asked Christians to pray to God to stop the sale and rape of young girls. He didn’t do it in spite of all his promises to answer our prayers, just as we asked. If he won’t respond to a plea to stop this, what does it take to get Him to intervene? What could be worse than the sale and rape of young girls?
What good is God if he won’t put an end to the sale and rape of your daughter?
* One Example...”Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours“. Mark 11:24