In "Twilight of the Idols
" (Götzen-Dämmerung), Friedrich Nietzsche
suggested that the concept of "free will
" is an illusion. If there is no free will, then many of our notions about guilt must change. If someone engages in a vice (such as drinking, gambling, violence, etc..) then they did not truly choose
He stated that the doctrine of free will was created for the purpose of declaring someone guilty. Because they chose
to commit whatever actions they took. They were not following some irresistible force.
I find it very interesting because it flips from "choosing" to "following", and implies that not engaging in vices a "wrong". Let's say God wants you to eat a cheeseburger and you refuse because you believe it'll make you overweight. Wouldn't that be a "sin"? Purposely and willfully disobeying God's Will
Can you blame a ball for rolling down an hill? Did the ball choose
to roll down, or was it following certain forces and conditions that are beyond it's control? Imagine seeing a ball roll down a hill, then come to a stop midway down and start rolling back up. What would you think? It would be unnatural
. Something that is violating
the laws of nature
It makes me think of old TV shows that depict people in the Dark Ages
seeing something that they couldn't comprehend and then started yelling "WITCH! SHE'S A WITCH!! LET'S BURN HER!!" or "THIS MUST BE THE DEVIL'S WORK! LET'S BURN IT!" But I digress..
So if I feel compelled to drink and eat cheeseburgers
all day, or just following whatever "inner feeling" I had, could that not be considered "obeying God's Will"? Would I not be doing good? Would I not be making God happy by eating those cheeseburgers?SO, GET OFF MY BACK! YOU'RE MAKING GOD ANGRY! LET ME EAT MY CHEESEBURGERS IN PEACE!!!