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How far must a religious view of life be fatalistic

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´╗┐How far must a religious view of life be fatalistic? A religious view of life may be fatalistic. Fatalism is the idea that all events all predetermined by fate and are therefore unalterable. Under predestination, a religious view of life may be considered as fatalistic as it?s considered that God has already decided on who will go to heaven, and those who won?t. John Calvin the protestant reformer stated that ?the eternal decree of God, he ordains eternal life for some and eternal damnation for others?. This means that some humans are not free to earn salvation, and not free to earn rewards or punishments. St Augustine states that ?The potter has authority over the clay from the same lump to make one vessel for honour and another one for contempt?. ...read more.

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Under omniscience, a religious view of life may be seen as fatalistic. The idea of omniscience is that God is all knowing. As God is all knowing he will know what we are about to do, so how can humans be free to decide our action for ourselves? The solution to this issue may be that although God knows what will happen it is not that God that causes those choices to be made. For example, if God has knowledge that someone will go to school tomorrow, then you will engage in that event without realising it has been pre-planned to happen. Philosopher Thomas Aquinas claims that God does exist outside of time, he does not simply know the future, but he knows everything. ...read more.

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No good or bad, no choices, no rewards or punishment. It is all based on our upbringing, through socialisation where we learn the norms and values of the society we live in. Therefore, in different cultures free will is considered to be limited as we all have to follow the strict guidelines set in place. However, humans do have some free will to make their own choices such as Adam and Eve deciding to break god?s command of not eating the forbidden fruit. The consequence of this is that there are punishments if people decide to use their free will if it breaks any legalistic laws. To conclude, I agree that a religious view of life may be fatalistic as it is argued that God knows every action one will take, and we as humans are not aware of this. ...read more.

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