The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church asserts that “Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will”.
It goes on to say that “God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions.
Why do we have free will?
Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded. Free will is closely linked to the concepts of moral responsibility, praise, guilt, sin, and other judgements which apply only to actions that are freely chosen.
How do we have free will if God knows everything?
God can know in advance what I will do, because free will is to be understood only as freedom from coercion, and anything further is an illusion. This is the move made by compatibilistic philosophies.
Can you believe in free will and predestination?
Predestination, in theology, is the doctrine that all events have been willed by God, usually with reference to the eventual fate of the individual soul. Explanations of predestination often seek to address the “paradox of free will”, whereby God’s omniscience seems incompatible with human free will.
What is God sovereign over?
Sovereignty of God is the Christian teaching that God is the supreme authority and all things are under His control. God is the “sovereign Lord of all by an incontestable right [as the] creator . . .