Doomed To Be Free

Sartre, on page one of “Being and Nothingness” states that we are “doomed to be free” since the very act of giving up our freedom would require an exercise of freedom.

We see freewill choice throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

God presents all of the creatures to Adam for Adam to name, and for Adam to choose a suitable companion. Of course, Adam finds no suitable companion amongst the animals. Only then does God place Adam into a deep sleep, curiously reminiscent of surgical anesthesia, and creates Eve.

We hear Moses saying to his people in the wilderness, “This day I place before you life and death. Choose therefore life.” But it is still a choice.

The sons of Aaron choose to offer “strange incense” which has not been authorized by God, and the earth swallows them up.

Queen Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, sends word to her saying “You have it in your power if you choose, to help your people. If you choose not to, then God will arrange for the help to come by some other means, but you shall not share in the reward.”

When the archangel Gabriel comes to the virgin Mary, he essentially offers her a choice, and waits for her answer. Only when Mary answers “so let it be unto thy handmaiden”, does the power of the Most High overshadow her and work the conception and incarnation.

Even Jesus says “No man takes my life. It is given to me to lay down my life, and to take it up again.”


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