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Free Will posted 01 October 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by tellner, Peralogue

Quote: "Aesmael":ag96iu0u
Opinion: If an omniscient, omnipotent entity exists then no other (lesser) entity can have free will. It can revoke your choices at its discretion, perhaps even retroactively.

Further Opinion: The existence or nonexistence of free will (and my possession or nonpossession of it) would likely make no (little?) difference to the living of my life. Either I cannot choose to change it, or I already try to make the best choices I can and can do no better with that knowledge.[/quote:ag96iu0u]

The Talmud says "G-d has foreknowledge, but man has free will". The Diety's perception of time is not as limited as our own. What we see as sequential events is perceived as a timeless whole from the perspective of eternity. Our choices determine the shape. He sees the entire thing.

Elsewhere it is said that even if we don not ultimately have free will it is wise to act as if our actions have consequences.

But I'm not a philosopher. Just an indifferently observant Jew. view post


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