Free Will Existing Without Love (God)?
Another short discussion board response on the potentiality of a loving, omni-benevolent God existing despite pain/evil being unequivocally prevalent… even to the atheist.
“I’ll try to stay on point and keep as much brevity as possible when responding to this prompt, because it seriously can turn into multiple rabbit roles real quick!
First off, I don’t know if there are enough specifics given contextually within the first question to be able to accurately form an opinion/answer towards it. Does this hypothetical heaven possess the same predictable and stable qualities as our reality discussed in the powerpoint? Is the environment faultless, flawless, etc? Is the being eternal within the hypothetical heaven? Assuming that being has free will in said heaven, without some sort of purification, restoration, or separation within oneself from flesh and body severed from the spirit, I would recon it would be impossible for him to be happy in heaven. This is factual simply because if an imperfect nature is at play, the imperfect will not be able to experience perfection in a perfect environment. Notice the very strong parallelism with being “born-again” at this point in the argument. Because in a sense, it is an intrinsic impossibility for a being to be completely and totally transformed inside and out on his own accord (assuming the validity of Lewis’ and Theology’s Law of Nature at work). There would have to be some sort of interplay and intercession that is made available for such a being for him to make a free-willed choice to beget such a happiness in a heaven because he would be rid of his adamic nature and able to experience wholeness absent of brokenness — the way it should be, in the sense that even the atheist argues: “something isn’t right here.”
As far as someone’s happiness being contingent on whatever circumstantial action is at work, let me propose this hypothetical idea/example. Let’s say I have a sister, and she decides she wants to randomly become a prostitute because it will make her happy. And because I love her, I must allow her to do this because it will make her happy. From a free-will standpoint, my hands are tied. Although I may highly condemn the behavior and personally may not be “happy” with it, I can’t change ultimately what her free-will and choice is — although it may be and ultimately lead to her demise. I believe Lewis would have a similar approach to this because of the totalitarian nature of free will. If God is love, than love is God. And if love (God) cannot exist without free will, the claim can thus be inversely translated into ‘free-will cannot exist without love (God).’ I rest my case…”
#document — J