I don't believe in Fate, but I do believe in Karma, or that is, the energies you put out into the world will eventually come back to get you~e.a. if you are selfless and helpful, people will help you when your down, if your upbeat, you'll always have generally good things happen too you, if your malicious and cross people, someday someone will cross you, if your lonely you will make yourself alone, etc etc etc.
Nah, you're just looking at collective outlook. A person who puts out "good energy" is going to be more inclined to find the good in every situation, whereas a person who is malicious is more likely to keep figuring out how to exploit people.
It's just...people that give up cause they think they have no options. No effect on the grand scale. I just don't hold to that belief.
Everything you do, everything, can change your life. I've often thought about what if I had sped up and made that green light...would I have drove right into the path of another car around the block. I really do think that every action can have a profound effect.
Cause nothing is written in stone. Life IS what you make of it.
I believe that your responsible for yourself as much as you can be, that you can only control so much, and that if there is any kind of force in the universe controlling things, he/she/it really doesn't like you at all, be it chaos theory or whatever.
If God is omniscient, then He would know the impact of any interaction made in our world. While we have the free will to say "yes" or "no", if we come to those decisions by any interaction of God, they're not our decisions. Any affect that God has had in His interactions are either either irrelevant, or the determinant for some choice that will be made in the future. That means that God either:
-has absolute influence over our decisions, making free will non-existent -has no influence over us at all, making every single person a product of their own free will with a character developed strictly through their environment and genetics.
Both options make heaven and hell arbitrary. Either you're floating on the river of God's will, or you're a product of the world around you.
On a personal note, I'd like to add that both options remove any need for personal responsibility. They're not the reason I became an atheist, but they're the reason why I will never go back to a theism that worships a omniscient and omnipotent God.
Free will means that God does not interact in this world. Every action we take is a result of the character that we developed in life. The illusion of free will means that despite what we perceive to be our own decisions and consequences, it's all part of an unknowable divine plan.