I’ve sort of been struggling with this topic, and I hope that it goes here. I try to base the decisions I make day to day on what I believe to be the best decision I can make depending on the situation, and I am a firm believer in God having a “guideline” He would like me to follow in my lifetime, especially based on the teachings of the Church.
Still I wonder, if God has given us free will, but many churches believe God has a plan for each and every one of us (which some would interpret as fate), then which one would be the most logical answer? I’m sure there are arguments out there referring to which is correct, however I haven’t done any of this research. Your thoughts are welcome. This is my question: If modern research into the make up of the human mind and how it works has discovered that the decision making process is influenced by past consequence and experience, then we would be partly making our decisions based on subconscience thoughts and reasoning right? -But we don’t have any control over our subconscience thoughts, so how is that free will? It also depends on the type of decision we need to make and how serious it is. If it were that at least part of our decision making process was due to subconscience thoughts, and since we know so little about it, how can we have free will? We’re sort of prisoners of our own mind, don’t you think? There is just so much to consider. I was just wondering where you all might stand, maybe that will give me some different insight? Thanks in advance!