It's pretty cool to be on this site with my smart phone posting to this thread. I make it my free will choice to frequent this site as I have found it to be the most progressive internet site on the teachings of the Divine Love and revelations through James Padgett.
I found this article regarding free will and animals as I was curious about this perspective. Like the author said; we and animals have the power to choose however it is in the moral dimension of choice that we depart from our furry friends. Here's what this author says about free will and animals.
Human beings have much in common with animals. They eat, breathe and sleep; we eat, breathe and sleep. Are we different? Or is a human being just a walking, talking gorilla?
A dog wakes up in the morning and decides what to eat first - his water or his Purina. A human being also wakes up and decides what to eat for breakfast - some cereal or a bagel.
Humans and animals both seem to make decisions. What is the difference? Does a dog wake up in the morning plagued with existential questions like, what is my purpose in life? Does he worry how he is making a difference with his life, or if he is actualizing his potential?
We do have a lot of things in common with animals, but free will is not one of them. Choosing your favorite ice cream or what to eat for breakfast is a matter of preference, not free will. Free will is the choice between good and evil. To exercise your free will, the choice must include a moral dimension and precipitate a struggle between right and wrong.
Only mankind has the ability to discern right from wrong and to make moral judgments. It is this ability that makes human beings responsible for their actions.
When we hear the news of a shark attack, we don't blame the shark. We know he's just doing what comes naturally. We don't suspect the shark chose to attack out of evil intent and really could have called upon his nobler instincts and spared his victim.
But when a human being attacks, he is held accountable for his actions. A choice was made and he is responsible.
The next time you encounter a moral dilemma, use your free will. You can rise above your baser instincts and ennoble your life through choosing good. We have the choice to strive to be good, not animals. This is our unique responsibility.Free
When an individual is judged by the judicial system and held accountable for their actions for an alleged crime, the first question that comes up is; did they know the difference between wrong and wrong? Were they in their "right mind" or not? Free will gives us the independent choice however unlike our furry friends, we are held accountable by man's laws and God's.
When I was on a sea kayak expedition in Alaska paddling the icy fjords in Glacier Bay National Park we were warned by the park rangers about the potential problems with grizzly bears. After several fatal bear attacks, the park system instituted a program of bear awareness that educated visitors about their behavior. The most important information I learned is to eliminate the association between human food and bears. Once this association is learned by a bear and human contact is made, even if not fatal, the bear is relocated at a great distance from its habitat. If the bear returns and repeats the same behavior and makes human contact, the bear is destroyed. The difference here is that when a human repeats violent behavior they are incarcerated to eliminate the possibility of repeated offense however they are reviewed over time as to a rehabilitation of their moral condition and their release back into society. When an animal destroys a human there is no moral decision to destroy the animal but when a human harms a human there is a moral decision by the state as to the destiny of this individual.
Its interesting that humans though appear to struggle with taking personal responsibility for their actions and blame circumstances for their behavior. We blame our childhood, our upbringing, our parents, education, peer pressure, social conditioning and a host of many things as to the causes of our problems. Ultimately, the decision is ours whether to pull the trigger of a gun in a robbery attempt, treat another rudely or abuse our children. When I worked in preschool as a young adult, one of the things they're taught is learning how their behavior affects others. When a child hits in anger he/she may be isolated from the group as they learn about appropriate and inappropriate behavior. As children mature they learn about the differences between right and wrong and what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
I'm thinking about behavior modification as humans and animals can be trained for more favorable behavior that does not require making moral choices however is only a modified behavior. A dog that bites can be trained to not bite and a child that bites can also be trained to not bite; both inappropriate behaviors. If a child is trained to not bite one could say that they have been trained to make a good moral decision however they have only been trained, like the dog, to perform to our expectations or social expectations as it were. A dog however cannot be trained to reflect upon their behavior so as to monitor themselves because of how their misbehavior affects others. In other words those who use their free will for good, self reflect on how their thoughts and behavior affects others and those of a weak will do not consider the consequences of their actions and therefore act in more brute like ways where one's conscience appears to be inactive.
It is this inner self guidance by our soul's conscience that guides our thoughts and behavior regardless of what is deemed appropriate or inappropriate. We have in this world today military's that induct young men and women into the service of their country who are taught to kill the enemy and this is called a necessary evil. At one time slavery, segregation and ethnic cleansing of the Native Americans was considered legal in our country, a behavior considered normal by the masses and yet was morally wrong. Our free will is driven by a moral barometer for good or evil, not predicated on what is legal (or what you can get away with), however on an inner sense that comes from the soul. It is this inner knowing that drives our free will choices as to the moral equivalent that distinguishes us from the animal kingdom. Those whom are ruled by their heart are more in tune with the harmony/disharmony of their decisions and those who are not are ruled by their lower animal nature that doesn't think before it acts and therefore get's itself into trouble.
In summary, we can choose the destiny of our thoughts and behavior because as the master designer of our lives we can pick and choose according to the exercise of our free will. A hardened criminal can become a jailhouse preacher and help others to discover the power of God's Love as one's redemption and salvation. A self absorbed loner of a child could befriend a special needs friend and thereby help themselves. A lost soul in this world that knows there's a God but can't feel Him can embark on a lifelong discovery of becoming a seeker of truth and elevate themselves above their animal natures and develop their heart nature. Or a seeking soul who is searching for God may choose to accept the gift of His Grace, His Special Love and pray for its infusion into their souls and enable what is deemed as the "Greatest Miracle In The Universe", the expiation of sin and disharmony, and the transformation of the human soul into the Essence of God, His Love. This is the highest exercise of the free will, to choose to become an Angel of God's Love or the "brute", what will you choose?
Your loving brother in Christ,
P.S. Reflecting further, there are really more than two choices regarding becoming a vessel of God's Love as a Celestial Angel or the "brute" as there's lots of shades of light and dark between. However there's also a saying that states, that our greatest challenge is not between right and wrong but between "better and best".
When God created man, He gave him a free will - the most wonderful of the natural gifts to man - and He will not arbitrarily control the direction of that will by the exercise of His Power. Where the human will is concerned, God leaves man supreme. Of course, while this is so, yet if man contravenes the laws of God in such exercise, man must suffer the consequences; for God never changes or sets aside His laws. Man may exercise his free will as he desires, and as his thoughts and appetites may influence him to do, but this freedom of exercise does not prevent the imposition of the penalties that the laws prescribe when the laws are violated. Thus you see that there is freedom without limitation, but every inharmonious exercise of that freedom necessarily invites the infliction of that which necessarily follows the violation of harmony.
The Kingdom of the Perfect Natural Man - the Spiritual Heavens
This is what free will is, so every breaking of a law brings the consequencies of this error of judgment upon the law breaker, which is the restoration of harmony. So with this explained, free will is not so free as one might think, the only thing that makes it seem so free is the delay period between both actions, the breaking and the restoration.
We have been given free will to decide for ourselves, to break the laws or abide by them, the former incurs penalties while the latter does not.
There is a way to avoid the penalties of sin that we have brought upon ourselves, praying for and receiving God's Divine Love which removes sin from the soul and making it incapable to sin more.
This love has no counterpart in all creation and comes from the Father alone. It changes not nor is ever bestowed on anyone who refuses to seek for it in the only way provided by the Father.
My experience in these celestial heavens is that this love has the power to change the most hardened sinner into a true child of God, if only through faith and prayer such sinner will seek for it. Let this love take possession of a man or spirit and its power to purify and change the heart of that man or spirit never fails. I am in a condition of love that enables me to know that my Father's love is the only love that can redeem mankind and make it at-One with Him.
The Power of Divine Love to Redeem Men from Sin and Error
Free will is perhaps traced back to the original sin of the first parents, of denying the Holy Spirit. To deny the Holy Spirit is to deny God by asserting one's will and refusing the invitation that God extends to us.
Sinning against the Holy Spirit is also called the unpardonable sin, not because it can't be resolved but because the sinner never resolves it and like a revolving door, continues to turn away from God.
As this was man's first act of disobedience it has become by inheritance his nemesis; independence from God. Many of God's children will not seek the simple path of prayer for God's Love because they choose self reliance over faith in a loving and caring God.
Sadly though, this individual short changes them self in their deceit and assumes falsely, as greater providence, blessing and joy is realized in an active relationship with God. A true fullness of life is discovered in soul to soul communication with God and anything that gravitates away from this core principal loses life.
From Ann Rollins' message on forgiveness where she explains that it is by the exercise of our will that causes God's Divine Love to enter our soul:
"The will of man is a wonderful thing, and stands between him and this love, if he fails to exercise this will in seeking for it. No man can secure it against his will. What a wonderful thing is man's will, and how he should study and learn what a great part of his being it is.
The Love of the Father comes only into a man's soul when he seeks It in prayer and faith, and of course this implies that he wills It to come to him. No man is ever refused this Love when he properly asks for It."
Many, if not all who have been led to these messages and have accepted the truth and felt God's wondrous love come into their soul by following the advice that is repeated so often therein, cannot understand why these messages are not big news in the world.
There are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is here in the message below. For many, this mentioned awakening may take more than a lifetime to achieve.
"When the soul is in a condition of sin and error, it is not responsive to the inflowing of the Holy Spirit. In order to get into a condition of receptivity to these influences, it must have an awakening as to its actual condition of enslavement by these things. And until such an awakening comes to it, there is no possibility of its receiving the Love of God into it, and of turning its thoughts to the Truths of God, and to the practices of life that will help it in its progress towards a condition of freedom."
How the Redeemed Soul Is Saved from the Penalties That Sin and Error Have Brought Upon It
Keep spreading the messages whenever the chance arises, it may just be that a person, or persons you told may have this awakening and find the truth sooner because of something you said or did, even if no-one knows that it was you, God knows.