I would have to say I believe we all have a predestined destination, but that we excercise free will in the means by which we reach that end result. I'm not sure if that means I believe in either or, or if I believe in both working together because if people already have a preset endpoint, does this mean it doesn't matter what we choose since we'll end up in the same place either way? Maybe it's the quality of life that we get to choose that leads up to the end. Could it also be possible that the choices we will make are already known, so that our choices, in fact are not choices, because they were known beforehand? It's like the Matrix in a sense. Pretty sweet movie in my opinion. ~redbirdblue
I believe in both fate and free will. I believe that God knows of each person's fate, but each person has free will in deciding their fate. Each person goes through life making their own decisions, free will, but the entire time their destiny is pre know by God. Although he doesn't make the decision for the person He knows the outcome that they are going to eventually reach.-bon qui qui
I think we are all equipped with a destiny or a pre-meditated future in mind, our free will decides if we fulfill that prophecy. In my opinion, I believe our destiny ultimately intertwines with choosing between GOd and the devil, similar to AHabl paraaleling to Job's test of temptation. Job was tortured because he was being man ipulated to turn away from God. In gteh end, he stayed true and was greatly rewarded. Unfortunately, Ahab has succumbed to his temptation to seek revenge on Moby, which dishonors God's first commandment that his followers should worship no other being but God himself. His revenge or obsession is Ahab's way of striking back at God for his punishment, thus turning away from God. I predict because of Ahab's actions, he will not be rewarded like Job, but quite the opposite.
I believe free will, but things are fated to happen for a reason. We may meet certain people for a reason, or someone may come into our lives at a time when we really need them. It's our own future, but there are reasons that things happen.maskedexcitement13
I believe in a combination of both. I think that there is a fate that we all are destined to have, essentially we all have a predetermined end point. However, I believe that our choices dictate how we arrive at that point. Such as someone was destined to die on the Titanic, but the choices they made prior to that voyage determined how they got on the boat. Did they get on the boat as a rich matron or by winning a ticket in a poor man's gamble? It was up to them, but ultimately they would arrive at the same place. Sorry if that's confusing.~laballenablanca
I think it's a little of both. God gave man the freedom of choice right from the beginning. I think we have the power to change our destinies based on what we do everyday of our lives. God watches and sometimes steps in when we let him or need him most. Sometimes when things aren't going right, I tell God "okay this is all in your hands now. it's totally up to you what happens to me." I guess then you could say I believed in fate because I chose to give up my freedom of choice and let God decide if that makes sense. I'm not really giving up then, I'm just deciding okay, whatever happens next is probably for a reason. I think it's like learning to drive. I'm in the drivers seat with the control and the decisions, but the instructor, or God, is sitting right next to me watching where I'm going and ready to hit the brake or yell if need be. :)Peter Coffin
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