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by Gnostic Bishop
Thu May 15, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

To Gnostic Bishop . Free will In criminal , civil and commercial law the legal competence of the participants is decided by a court of law. For example ,in the last will of a person the witnesses will be expected to state if the person is of sound mind and not acting under duress ,menace or undue i...
by Gnostic Bishop
Thu May 15, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

I don't believe in free will, so you're barking up the wrong tree. Your test is invalid anyway, Will can only be surrendered by will and that surrender can only be sustained by will. Your judgement and choice to not take the test shows you have free will. Thanks for making my point. You chose not t...
by Gnostic Bishop
Thu May 15, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

I don't believe in free will, so you're barking up the wrong tree. Your test is invalid anyway, Will can only be surrendered by will and that surrender can only be sustained by will. Your judgement and choice to not take the test shows you have free will. Thanks for making my point. You chose not t...
by Gnostic Bishop
Wed May 14, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

There is a proof or test for free will if you care to take it. It proves you have a free will and is irrefutable. It is based on the premise that if you have a free will then you can give it up. If you do not have a free will then you cannot give it up. The test just invites you to give it up in a ...
by Gnostic Bishop
Wed May 14, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

Diogenes, When you write: "In order to choose to want something, you have to want to choose to want something, and something has to cause THAT want." Why is the "something that causes the want", not “me”? Even if it's my subconscious or an impulse generated by my amygdala, isn't that still “me”? Ma...
by Gnostic Bishop
Wed May 14, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

Libertarian free will is incoherent because it requires an infinite regression of "deciders." To say that people only seem to have free will does not mean that they are automatons, or that they don't have will, but that they logically can't choose what that will is going to be. We can control what ...
by Gnostic Bishop
Tue May 13, 2014 6:21 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

Choices can have no moral relevance without moral knowledge. Having said that, free will is a logically incoherent and regressive concept anyway. Yet even instincts can be said to work in a moral way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBW5vdhr_PA To your first I would say yes and no. You are correct f...
by Gnostic Bishop
Fri May 09, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will
Replies: 115
Views: 106527

Re: Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil; Free Will

I would appreciate references to scholarly commentary and/or your thoughts, opinions as to why God would gift man with Free Will, but create man without the knowledge of good & evil. Free Will seems to have little meaning without this knowledge. (For the sake of argument, let's assume Free Will exi...
by Gnostic Bishop
Fri May 09, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Can you confirm the Jewish view of our elevation in Eden?
Replies: 74
Views: 49369

Re: Can you confirm the Jewish view of our elevation in Eden

Thanks, I don't like mixing religions in a discussion because whichever the purpose of the OP may have been that purpose was soon changed . In the 'other' forum someone may have posted something about Islam and invariably the discussion soon became yet another attack on Christianity. The faith, phi...
by Gnostic Bishop
Fri May 09, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Can you confirm the Jewish view of our elevation in Eden?
Replies: 74
Views: 49369

Re: Can you confirm the Jewish view of our elevation in Eden

To Gnostic Bishop, Please, accept my apologies for the rudeness of my previous post . Certainly and thanks. I know many Christians and am used to their attitude and also am good at ignoring it. "Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God, holds other people in contempt. Whenever a man believes th...