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Christian Free Will
« on: April 12, 2009, 02:50:53 PM »
A sort of pussillanimity grips aspirants.  "People in the past have
attained beatitude, but how can I?"  How can you not?  It is not
some strange state that you are aiming at but your own true state,
with self-will, free-will, egoism, whatever it was that St. Paul got
ridded of, rubbed out.  Christ came to restore men -- as many as would go along with him -- to their natural state by setting them
free from the enveloping dark cloud of original sin.  True, we grew
up under a heavy burden of ego sense (which is the original sin).
But if we did not, no redemption would be necessary.  To doubt whether the burden can ever be removed or the cloud dispelled and
the light of pure, spontaneous being come thorugh, is to doubt not
your power to rise but Christ's power to redeeem.

Despondency is a great impediment.  The whole purpose of the quest is to give up your life for Christ's sake, your ego-sense for life of Spirit, so that you do not live but Christ in you.  To say, "I can achieve," means "there is an ego-sense in me that can't be liquidated."  Naturally,  such a belief will prevent its liquidation.  To believe that you can't attain prevents you attaining!

But it is not easy.  An active quest is needed.  Christ demanded total dedication of the young men who said he had kept the law from his youth up.  Simply renouncing evil is only one half of the process, and one that is not likely to succeed for long if left to itself since (when left to itself) it depends on the human will, a notably weak instrument.  This is only the negative movement.  The positive movement of seeking the love of God is also necessary, combining
the rejection of evil with the pursuit of Good. "Both movements are necessary, we are told; and the reminder is by no means strange when one considers that the negative aspect, the avoiding of evil,
too often plays the dominant and even exlcusive role in Christian life. But it is no enough to renounce all evil.  It is necessary also to show an inflexible valour, to resist boldly and unceasingly all laxity, never ceasing to desire with the holy love of True, and tending continually and constantly towards it with all one's power, striving always to
rise to the highest perfections that can come from divinity."
(Cosmic Theology, Dom Denys Rutledge.)

But have we free will?  Have the ability or choice to do this?  Is
this talk of obligation not side-stepping the question?  Let us
answer with a counter-question:  Is the question practical or academic?  If it is academic, it makes no difference, which decision you come to, because it will have no effect on your life. It is as
useless as solving a cross-word puzzle.  If it is practical, the only
practical answer is:  Try and see.

One hears of people turning aside from the quest out of strong passions and violent attachments, dropping it out of pussilanimity, claiming to have attained, when they have not, out of vanity. But
I have yet to hear of anyone out of predestination!

(Source: Be Still, it is the Wind that sings.  Aruthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.