Redhorse wrote:We, the ones making the choices, are not omniscient (guessing that's what you meant earlier, not omnipotent). Therefore, it's still free will.
Also, another opinion some have is that God knows everything you may possibly choose to do, and what path those choices/actions would take you down. But he doesn't know what you will ultimately choose, because he gave the gift of free will, and that is your decision alone.
edit: Basically, he knows all the possible outcomes, but not what your actual choice will be. If so, though, I'm certain he could guess. Perhaps he chooses not to~
+2 points: I haven't heard this one before.
I have a nice little information tidbit to throw out, but before I do, I've got to address this:
Redhorse wrote:Free will is the ability to make voluntary decisions and choices without interference from fate.
While I like the bit about making voluntary decisions, I personally wouldn't include an indirect affirmation of fate as a related issue to religion. The ideal of Free-Will is independent of Religion as it exists as an idea in nearly every society, while the religious views of those societies change dependent on region.
Anywho, before I engage Devil's Advocate mode, I have a question for Redhorse-san:
If God is All-Knowing, therefore always observing us all, does this action fall under the Observer Effect
, in your opinion, in so far as the act of observing having an effect on the ones being observed?