Sin is proof we have free will. If we didn’t have free will there would be no fall in Eden, no rebellion in heaven, no need for Jesus.
If there was no free will, there would be no sin. But there is sin, therefore there is free will.
There is only God’s will in heaven, and therefore is no sin. If a perfect God made perfect creatures, they would be perfect, but not free.
As in Eden , there is God’s will, and our will. And because there was a choice then and is now, the will is free. Not because God doesn’t know the outcome of the decision, but because he allows us to make the decision.
God knows what is going to happen, but still prefers that we choose his will. We have the ability to make a choice outside of his preference. To sin. That is why we’re free.
Time, the way I see it, looks like a tree. The trunk is the past. The future is the branches. The present is the point at which the branches start. Forgive the drawing.
The past is written. The present is not the future or the past. The future is a set of infinite potential future outcomes.
What’s interesting though, is to use that comparison, God would look at the future the same way we look at the past. Except for the hidden gem that he exists presently with us now.
We know that we have free will because we make choices every day, and our lives are indicative of these choices, to some extent. I can tell you to touch your nose, and you can touch it or not. Whether you touch it or not, it immediately becomes part of your past. God knows what you were going to do, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the freedom to do it.
Not only do we have the freedom to make decisions, but we also have the freedom to decide what we think is true. This becomes the basis of our belief system. Determines our logic, and thus governs our thoughts and behaviors.
I like to look at human consciousness as a computer operating system, where you write the logic. You write the logic based on what you’ve experienced and what you’ve learned. Over the course of your life, your logic set has evolved based on your life. Think of a kid sticking their finger in a light socket, learning that is not something that leads to a good outcome. You get several hundred thousand iterations at decisions, you start learning which lead to good outcomes.
So when you are faced with many decisions, you already know right or wrong, without even thinking. You may not have been in this exact situation before, but you can probably apply your knowledge or past experience to come to a logical conclusion.
So as you learn and grow, your code evolves and you develop character. These tendencies protect you from future mistakes. When you stray, you write new code to help safeguard against that in the future, if you can realize that you’ve strayed.
Your decisions can only be as good as the code that you write, and you decide which logic is sound. But just because you have a system that helps you make decisions, doesn’t mean that you cannot deviate from it. The deviations are what helped you establish your character in the first place, and it’s what helps you evolve further.