Originally posted by Suzianne
You forget that free will is also the only way that you can be held accountable for your own decisions. Do you take responsibility for your own actions, or do you not? If not, why not? Claiming you have no free will doesn't give you much of a leg to stand on.
i think people make decisions based on the way their brains are put together. if we could watch somebody make a decision, then rewind time and watch them over and over again, as long as the variables were the same we would get the same decision being made. although the brain offers up many options the person always chooses the same. so every decision you make in life is down to the chemical make up of your brain and by choosing the same option means you could only ever make one choice, which goes against the concept of free will.
the biblical idea of free will implies that in any situation a human has the ability to make any decision possible. if you rewind time in this situation you should see the person making different decisions. if they made the same decision over and over this would show they do not have freedom or control over the brain, it would show there brain controls them.
as science is at the level of being able to understand the chemical make up and electrical activity in the brain that controls thought they can accurately predict a persons actions. which again shows that the brain is in control.
biblical freewill also struggles when it comes to other aspect of the human brain. could a person with a compulsive disorder be described as having free will? if i have to count to 10 before i do anything, do i really have a choice, if i did i wouldnt do it.
as for the theory that society would crumble without free will because nobody would be accountable - this is doesnt work for many reasons. firstly taking responsibility is just a series of thoughts constructed by that causes us to take a set of actions, humans are predisposed to feeling empathy and having a conscience, we need these for our groups to function. for those of us whos brains stop them from being empathetic or having a conscience and leads them to causeing harm to our societies we need to have laws that cause them to not act on their lack of conscience and we have prison to punish/rehabilitate them.
does anybody have any evidence of free-will in action??