What is “Choice” when it comes to faith?

Taken from my blog: http://godlesspaladin.wordpress.com/

It seems to me that a lot of religious people are confused as to what exactly is a choice and what it means to be able to choose freely.

A choice in it's most basic form is when you are presented with two or more options on how to proceed and you must pic one.

There is a major difference, however, between a free choice and an unfree choice.

A free choice is a choice where no matter what the possibly outcomes, no option has drastically more consequences than another. A free choice does not just mean that you have the ability to make a
choice, but that you are not overly pressured to choose one decision
over another.

An unfree choice is just that: a choice that involved significant biases. A prime example of this is "God gave us "choice". We can choose to love him and go to heaven, or we can choose not to, and
spend the rest of eternity in unimaginable torment." Yes you have the
ability to "choose" one option or the other, but merely having the
physical capacity to "choose" does not mean it is a "free choice".


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