Originally posted by wittywonka This should be interesting...and may have already been debated...
Does God have a "plan" (fate) for all people, or does he grant humans free will?
This question has nagged at people for decades, so I'm pretty sure it's already been discussed here...
Anyway, start the debate! 🙂
Yes , I think there is a plan for everyone's life but within it there is freedom and choice. The main plan is obviously to bring a person to salvation which might mean structuring their life in such a way that they will have opportunities to choose God or not choose God. But this does not take away free will , it interacts with free will. In summary I think it's part predestination and part free will. I think the intial question is slightly misleading because it suggests an either/or scenario.
To answer this question properly it would be important to properly define "free will," as it has been my experience that different people see the term in different ways.
I would see a choice generated by free will to be a choice made completely independent from any external and thereby controlling force. Any disagreement in this definition?
Edit: Another way of looking at a free will choice (from my point of view) is that when the time comes for the choice to be made, there is a fair chance for any and all solutions to the question at hand.