So, one of my favorite authors recently posted a question that I’ve been pondering for the past few days: Will there ever be a time when we will lack free will?
Free will is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. It allows us to actually love him. True, the world could potentially be perfect if there wasn’t the pesky little problem of people choosing to do wrong. The problem with that would be that the entirety of humanity would be reduced to slightly glorified automatons and love that you are forced to express isn’t really love. Is it?
So, we definitely have free will now, but forever? After we enter eternity, there is supposed to be an absence of sin, of tears, and sadness. Life, as we’ll know it, will be perfect. How, though? If God leaves us with free will, wouldn’t that open the door to eventually at sometime someone choosing evil? That wouldn’t very well be Perfection. It would be a constant state of Perfection-on-the-brink-of-destruction. Which honestly is too wordy to exist in. Still, if in order to ensure perfection, God removes free-will would we then just be glorious puppets for the rest of eternity? Would that be Heaven? It gives me images of floating on a cloud with a slaw-jaw drooling grin that lobotomy patients can have.
How does it all work out? I don’t know if we’ll know the answer this side of Forever. As far as we know, God could just meet us at the Pearly Gates with some metaphysical ray gun and blast us on some sub-atomic level altering us forever from the desire to do evil, while yet retaining the power of choice.
Too big for me to comprehend, but it doesn’t mean I don’t like poking at it.