Aardvark, my man, this is not free will:
Originally Posted by aardvark
The rest I have no choice. God decides , not me.
I'm not surprised that we agree on some issues. I'm a conservative. That said, my beliefs are mine - they aren't spoon fed to me by someone on the radio, or someone in the pulpit, or someone on TV. If they happen to align, so be it. I will NEVER ascribe my beliefs or opinions to a religion, or the bible (at least not any more - I might have some time back in the past).
Quite the opposite. I want to marginalize the influence of the church in the public arena. I want to see the abolition of religious PAC's. I want to see churches treated like businesses - I think that's completely fair.
And most importantly, I want people to constantly question what they believe and what they're told. I want them to apply a sense of inherent distrust to things other men have told them, no matter what the name of the book they were holding might have been. I want them to arrive at their OWN beliefs, and be wise & brave enough to allow them to change as they continue to learn and grow.
Someone who foregoes their own unique, God-given talents & traits so that they can feebly emulate behaviors that they THINK might be what God would want them to do, is (to me) no different than suicide. You're sacrificing your life, and it's that life you were given to LIVE. Your way, not the way someone else tells you - not even God. To be honest, I don't think God wastes time telling people what to do...it'd be awfully far beneath him.
God can do all things - he doesn't need you to do it for him. He is the supreme being after all...you're not fooling anyone - not even him - by saying "God decides, not me".
YOUR purpose is to live a fulfilling life, enjoy the world around you, love your neighbor, follow your bliss, etc. If that means you get married, great. If it means you have kids, great. Everything is fair game, right up to the point where you infringe on someone else's ability to do the same.