Thursday, September 01, 2005

Free will

"Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible."

"The better stuff a creature is made of-the cleverer and stronger and freer it is-then the better it will be if it goes right, but also the worse it will be if it goes wrong."
-C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity

Whenever the subject of "evil in our world" comes up, most people point to "living in a fallen world" as the culprit. But Mr. Lewis takes one step back and suggests that free will and our ability to do good is what allows for a person to do bad. This is interesting when you consider that a created being who could only behave in a good or right manner would be like a robot, their obedience would not be out of love or respect for the people around them.

C.S. Lewis says:
"Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having."
Just letting you know what I am thinking about today...