Personally, if one guy decides to shoot another while god is omnipotent, I don't think that means that god must have pulled the trigger. Just becuase he was capable doesn't mean he had to, especially is he wants to let us do the pulling.
So if God didn't pull the trigger (throught the guy) then she wasn't meant to die. Because if she WAS meant to die, then God DID kill her.
And if she wasn't meant to die, they God failed her, and isn't omnipotent.
Or we can just say we cannot nuderstand God. And chose to believe blindly. Liek the people who believed in the God of fire and season. Exactly like them.
quote:According to Hume, free will should not be understood as an absolute ability to have chosen differently under exactly the same inner and outer circumstances. Rather, it is a hypothetical ability to have chosen differently if one had been differently psychologically disposed by some different beliefs or desires.
What a nice way to make everything fit comptabilism just change the definition a bit to make it so the new definition of free will is now compatible with Omniscience
It is not hard to grasp, really. There have been examples in court cases where a lawyer has argued determinism as a way to exonerate a prisoner. If all things are naturally GOING to happen, are they predetermined by NATURE? Or do we dictate to an extent what DOES happen? We don't need to even bring God into the picture to see that this type of reasoning will probably not get the guilty pardoned.
Yet in my example, how can the guy who shoots have free will ? If its easy to grasp, it must be easy to explain ?
Say that I died tomorrow. God foreknew that I would die and how I would die. This only means what it means---that God foreknew that on that day I would get shot since was in spot X. Does this mean that the guy who shot me could not have chosen a different path in the past? All that we can conclude is that the guy obviously didn't choose another path...not that he couldn't have. Just because something happens does not mean that it must happen...(unless you see it from Gods forward looking view)it simply means that it did happen.