Does faith in the personal God of Scripture make sense if we acknowledge that we do not have free will? This blog presupposes that we don’t have free will, but argues that far from being a source of anxiety or even a death sentence for faith, our lack of free will may actually be the central point of Scripture and essential to our inherent human dignity.
June 1, 2016 - Karma
this account I am suffering these things;
but I am not ashamed,
for I know him in whom I have believed
and am confident that he is able to guard
what has been entrusted to me until that day.
Letter to Timothy 1:11-12
cousin, John the Baptist, is executed on a whim. As Jesus is celebrating a last supper with
his friends, he warns them that they too will be tortured and killed. The first
deacon appointed by the apostles, St. Stephen, is promptly stoned to death. Throughout Scripture, bad things happen to
today’s passage, Paul is writing from prison in Rome, anticipating his
execution. He asserts that he is not embarrassed
by this. He does not expect God to
rescue him from misfortune. That is not
part of his faith.
religion believes that God or Karma rewards good behavior with good fortune and
punishes bad behavior misfortune. This reciprocity
appeals to us on a deep level. Abrahamic
religion says the opposite – your behavior is irrelevant to God.