Excuse me for the brash phrasing of my title, but it seems the best way to provoke discussion. That settled…
Aren’t we all the products of our environments and mental capacities? Doesn’t everything we do have a cause – in that no atoms can disobey the laws of physics – so that free will is merely an illusion?
I’ve tried to get answers to such questions before without any fulfilling response to such determinism, so I thought I’d phrase it this way:
How can anyone thus willingly commit evil, turn away from God, or simply refuse to believe…on their own accord? Perhaps I wasn’t specific enough in a similar thread, but I’m not just mentioning mental disorders, I’m mentioning ALL brain functions. Specifically, our every moral and belief systems hinge on our brain’s willingness and ability to accept that information and act accordingly. The whole reason I bother to write this so late at night for me is that my brain is hard-wired to want to have an answer. There might be someone just as skeptical as me, but because he/she doesn’t possess the chemical motivation to seek an answer, they’ll go on believing their own point of view blindly. Would I really be any better than that person???
Everyday more and more secrets are being unlocked about the brain to the point where no harm or disbelief caused by anyone can really be blamed on their “free will to decided” so much as their chemical makeup.
So if hell really existed, and no one is trully responsible for anything they do, how can anyone be there???
“To know all is to forgive all” – French Proverb (this might soon be my signature)