Explain Why Some Religious Believers Accept the Concepts of Free Will.

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Beccy Hoult Explain why some religious believers accept the concept of free will. (30) Free will is the idea that we are morally responsible for our actions and because of these human actions are predictable. Firstly, religious believers will chose to accept the concept of free will due to Biblical support. In Genesis chapter 3 (The Fall) It tells the story of how Adam and Eve freely chose to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit. That God punishes Adam and Eve demonstrates their capacity for choice and their responsibility for the consequences of their choice. God would not be just to punish people who did not have free will, and God is supposed to be Just. Therefore because it states evidence in the bible of having free will, religious believers then accept the concept of free will. Also in the bible God tells Cain that sinning/ not sinning is within his control. ‘If you do the right thing, won’t you be accepted? But if you don't do the right thing, sin will be waiting at the door ready to strike! It will entice you, but you must rule over it’. This is suggesting that you have the choice to choose whether you wish to sin or not, therefore you are free to choose and be morally responsible for you actions concluding that you have free will. Pelagius was a British Monk who was an ascetic who worked hard to convince Christians of their duty to lead moral lives. He argued that moral evil was due to free acts of will by individual human beings. He believed that God punishes wicked acts in a number of ways, partly in this life through natural disasters, partly in the life to come by eternal punishment of the souls of the sinful in hell. Pelagius believed that in order to escape the sin you had to imitate Jesus, who led a perfectly good life. Therefore we can freely decide to avoid sin and do good through their own free will. Doing this enables humans to gain
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