Thursday, February 23

Today's Reading: an oldie but a goodie

Today's reading is a personal favourite from the OT.

"I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.  For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."  (Deut. 30:19-20)

Free will presumes a free choice.  The only way of being able to choose to do right is being able to choose to do wrong.  More to the point, the choice of doing right only has value when we have the opportunity to do wrong and choose not to.  If we are unable to, for whatever external reasons, follow the dictates of conscience then any choice is a false one.  Put differently, if we are only 'permitted' to choose door #1, it doesn't matter how many other doors there are, let alone what is behind them. 

I will leave it to the reader to fathom the implications of this in the context of recent social arguments.

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