On Free Will, With CS Lewis

God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good, it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata – of creatures that worked like machines – would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free.

If God thinks this state of war on the universe a price worth paying for free will – that is, for making a live world in which creatures can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings – then we may take it is worth paying.

~CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

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4 thoughts on “On Free Will, With CS Lewis

  1. I would add “In your opinion” about your comment- none of us can speak with 100% accuracy when we speak about God. But I’m pretty sure your idea of god is different than Lewis’s idea of God, so it’s apples to oranges in this situation unfortunately. You are welcome to stand by your ideas about God and the universe, of course. But other people will have their own ideas as well. As you can see, my money is on Lewis. 😉

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    • Friend, this is my personal notebook, where I share things I care about, and the things I am learning and growing from. I hope that you can respect my space, and understand that this is not a place for you to bring your arguements about your ideas about god; there are other platforms where you will find plenty of good and robust argument. But if you really don’t believe in god, or care about him, why not move on to spending your time and focus on something you do believe in or care about?

      Cheers, and peace to you. May you find what you are looking for, and what your spirit needs.

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  2. This is particularly brilliant: “Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

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