Originally posted by RJHinds
If your leader is not Christ, then it is Satan the devil.
I have always found it interesting how theists seem to constantly sway between the two concepts - that we have free will and are responsible for all our actions - or that we are largely controlled or heavily influenced by either 'good' or 'bad' entities (ultimately God or Satan).
Many theists end up with a compromise where 'free will' consists entirely of choosing to surrender to one or the other 'master' then being controlled by that entity.
Of course there is the added complexity that Satan is sometimes replaced with 'sin nature' originating with Adam.
But all this totally ignores or removes rational thinking where we set ourselves goals to either benefit ourselves or others then try to achieve those goal through our actions, or where we subconsciously satisfy our desires/addictions through our actions. My brain says it wants caffeine, so I make myself a cup of coffee without really thinking about it much. To a theist this was me deciding to either follow Gods voice or Satans voice then obeying whatever they instructed me to do. This leaves me wondering whether it was Satan or God that wanted me to have that cup of coffee and why.