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Free Will or Determinism: Do We Have Free Will?
There are various religious and spiritual teachings that imply we have free will.
JudeoChristian Scriptures teach that God has given us the freedom to choose our actions.
The Hindu faith teaches that though we do not choose the circumstances we are now in and the karma that will result from our choices,
we are free to choose our actions
Though Muslims believe in divine destiny, that all that will happen is written on the preserved tablet, Allah's awareness of what will happen does not force mankind's hand.
Mankind has free will
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The "Mormon" Church) teaches that free will, or "Agency," is essential the God's plan of Happiness for mankind and
our freedom to choose is one of mankind's greatest blessings.
In most religions God gave commandments, not simple orders, because he expects men to choose to follow them, not just automatically do like machines.
God wants humans to be morally good, and the only way that we can be morally good is if we have free will.
The existence of a God or deity precludes or inhibits free will.
In a purely, scientific, rational discussion surrounding what is assumed to be a neurological phenomenon, spiritual and religious teachings have no addition to coming closer to a scientific truth, nor do they present a good tool to get closer to this scientific, irrefutable truth.
This is reverse reasoning. Free will would be an argument for those religions but those religions aren't an argument for free will.
Some religious thinkers reject the concept of free will, such as Martin Luther in
"On The Bondage of the Will."
Religious and spiritual teachings on free will offer no means to test their veracity or question the source and so should be treated with no more regard than any other anecdote.
No religion was ever proved to be true.
The fact that such a belief exists doesn't prove any of it's claims.
Religion is a human construct, and for many people, fear of being judged by the people partaking in their religion can stop them from truly doing as they wish, aka. having free will.