HiWould you have wanted to be a pre-programmed robot?
Free-will does come with a cost, absolutely. But without it, life would be meaningless
What would love mean if not your choice?
It would mean we would love your god more than anything else - which appears to be what he wants anyway.
It wouldn't mean much but then we'd be none the wiser and untold millions of human deaths would have been averted.What would any emotion or experience mean if not made of your own free will? What would be married or being friends or caring about people mean if it wasn't your real feelings?
It does. However a god who punishes people for lack of faith rather than doing bad things seems somewhat debauched. A god who judges people on how they live their lives is far more palatable.And yes to have genuine experiences made of our own free will means people can choose to do bad things as well. That's the cost of mental freedom
As to the rest I can simply give you my opinion as to why God doesn't intervene every time. Every action has consequences. Every action has meanings. Some good, some bad. I believe this life is a test. God provides us a life and a life-sustaining environment. He created us with the intellect to flourish and the natural resources to survive. he gives us tools and guidance and teaches us the right way to live. But then it is up to us.
You're as entitled to your opinion as I am to mine. I'm not sure that the bible is a good template for the right way to live. I prefer the humanist approach.
Rigging the system? Isn't that what God did when he set Adam and Eve up to fail by letting Satan into the Garden of Eden?If God just intervened every time not only it would render free will meaningless but it would rigg the whole system.
Anyway, what harm is there in God sending a minor seizure to the child killer to save the child?
If I've got you right here, you're saying that Heaven will be free of sin, crime, etc. I guess another notable absentee will be free will.There are places where God will never allow sin or crime or corruption. But that is not in this life. But think about what you are suggesting. That man by himself is so immoral and so evil that it is irresponsible for a loving God not intervene millions of times a day to prevent man from hurting others. Does that sound to you like a species that deserves that kind of protection?
Yet what's to stop people from sinning against God when they're in Heaven? After a few billion years of praising him and singing hosannahs, people are going to get restless.It isn't that God doesn't care imo but I believe the system has to work this way. We have to have free will. Because at the end of all of this we will stand before God and be held accountable. And isn't that the fairest thing? That people actually must take responsibility for the way they lived their life and the choices they made? Yes there will be some suffering in this life. But that is a drop in the bucket of time when talking about eternity. It really isn't a lot to ask of us and nothing that wasn't done for us.
So, will we have free will in the next life? Will we have the freedom to curse God and sin? Without it, as you say, it would be meaningless.Sure it would be great if everything was perfect all the time in this life and the next. But this life determines the next and without free-will, it would be meaningless