It’s true that facts are neither this way nor that, but what we’re talking about here aren’t proven facts – they’re just theories - opinions.
And since you’re unsure about which opinions materialistic atheists tilt toward, I’ll help you out on that one. They overwhelmingly insist that everything is predetermined exactly as you’ve described.
Which was the point I was making earlier. With the growing influence of secularists in academia, you cannot just blindly accept whatever a PhD tells you. As I said, secularists are heavily biased toward interpretations of the world that make God dispensable. Their interpretations of nature will conflict with what the Bible says - because it’s what I Timothy 6:20 calls oppositions of science falsely so called. Their unbiblical theories are not science at all - they’re pseudo-science, and they cause those who follow them to err concerning the faith . Your decision to view their theories as facts and prioritize them over the Bible is a perfect case in point.
Which is exactly why I said that you need the Bible to sort sense from nonsense is such discussions.
You say that your original request was for a Christian explanation that aligns with the scientific understanding of free will. I think there are two problems with that original request.
- There is no common scientific understanding of free will. There are competing theories, but that’s all they are. You’ve chosen the one that claims free will does not exist, and you’re speaking as though this is the “real” scientific explanation which you present as an established scientific fact. But it’s nothing more than an opinion pushed by atheistic materialists.
- You’ve asked for a Christian explanation, but then a few days ago you asked, “Can you point me to evidence outside of the Bible that we have free will?” So which way do you want it? A Christian explanation or an explanation outside of the Bible?
If you’ve decided to favor atheistic theories over the Bible, then I must ask if there is any evidence for free will that would move you to reevaluate your opinions.
You tell me to leave out the Bible.
You tell me that there is no morality that can be appealed to.
If I mentioned that without a free will, there can be no true love, would that persuade you?
Or how about this – instead of me taking stabs in the dark, perhaps you could help me help you. What would speak to your heart on this topic? What kind of extra-biblical evidence would you need to rethink your view?
You really should have something in mind, because no theory is really valid if it cannot be falsified. If you say, “There’s nothing anyone can say to make me change my mind,” then I would ask, why did you begin this discussion?
I cannot help but think that maybe some whisper in the wells of your soul moved you to explore this because some more rational part of you is uncomfortable with the idea of being a mere puppet of the Big Bang.
If so, I think you should really listen to that whisper, because puppets aren’t really alive. They’re just dead wood. And something inside you sounds like it wants to experience real life.
I truly hope these thoughts will help you.