Truths of the Catholic
Why do we have Free
Why do we have a
physical body and feelings?
Letís put 'sin' in a
different format than simply being an offense against
God (although it is an offense). Think of sin as an act
which puts distance between us and God. Every sin is one
step further away from God.
If we were to have the same closeness of relationship
with God, as Jesus did, there would be zero distance
between us and God. And there would be no sin, no
offense against God, no disharmony, only the fullness of
Gods love and the wholeness of unity which Jesus prayed
about in John 17.
In reality, there is distance between each person and
God. And God did not create the distance - we did and we
Each time we act in a manner which moves us away from
God, we call that act a 'sin'. And, since God does not
force or cause us to act in this manner, that act of
separation was freely chosen by us. If you are forced
(lack of free will) to act in this manner, it is not a
sin; it is not an act of separation between you and God.
Maybe we don't always think about the ramifications of
our acts, but we, of our own free will, perform the
act(s) which puts distance between us and God.
Next, think of hell, not in terms of lakes of fire, but
in our not being with God - the greatest amount of
distance from God, possible. So much distance, that we
can no longer be considered Ďwith Godí (although God is
always with us).
The question becomes, did God push us away and send us
to hell or did we leave God and place ourselves in hell.
God is always calling us to Him. And, think about how
terrible and lonely we feel when we donít feel the
presence of God in our lives. It would have to feel like
being in a lake of fire, to feel that way for all
In answer to the first question as to why God gives us
free will. It is because God is always calling us to Him
and His love. True love (our response to Godís call) can
only be freely given, never forced.
To the second question, why do we have a physical body
and feelings? If we only had one option to which to give
our love, it would not be a true act of free will. By
our physical being, we experience other desires.
When we have the freedom to choose between the things
people love: money, power, and all of our other desires
and we chose to respond to Godís love over all other
choices, as Jesus did in Mt 4:1-11, then we are freely
responding to God. Nobody is forcing us, God is not the
Ďonlyí choice and our relationship with God becomes our