Free Will Essay

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James Baker Erin K. Wagner English 201 6 May 2012 Is Free Will Really Free, When Fate Plays its Hand? The wonders of God, free will, and fate come hand in hand when dealing with choices. But what exactly is fate? What is free will? Why is it that God grants us the choice to sin, yet when we sin we hurt him? If everything is prophesized and concrete do we have free will? Dictionary.com defines fate as, “The development of events outside a person's power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion.” John Milton’s Paradise Lost deals with these themes in retrospect to religion. It is foretold in the Bible that everything and anything has already been mapped out according to God’s will. The Bible states in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” The verse stated in the latter, spoken from God, speaks how God has planned each human beings life, where they will go, what they will do. With that being said, it seems obvious how God knows everything, including the works of the Devil. The Devil or Satan is a known figure throughout religion and the world. Known as “the enemy,” he is portrayed in the Bible as the mastermind behind the downfall of the human race, as a way to avenge his being kicked out of Heaven. Also found in Paradise Lost he is the main character as it follows his freely chose decision to rebel against God. To summarize Paradise Lost shortly, Satan and his rebellious followers, all of which were angels at one point in time, were kicked out of Heaven by God as a response to their rebellion against the deity. To avenge their removal from Heaven, a scheme is prepared to ruin mankind, God’s newest creating of whom it is “rumored” that he loves more than his own son. Worldwide this a known story and in

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