Several religions restrict free-thinking
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Here I'll just move into the debate to explain why these religions do not restrict free will.
I believe my opponent has misinterpreted what the verses mean. I'm going to be specifically talking about Christianity, as my opponent did not provide the verse from Islam that he believes restricts free will.
The verse he's talking about basically just says that the God of Christianity is the only God. This doesn't mean Christians aren't allowed to explore other ideologies and belief systems. It's just a verse that keeps Christianity consistent. The Bible wouldn't make sense if there was more than one God. So this verse does not restrict free will. It's just a statement that people need to agree on if they want to follow that religion.
People who are religious are choosing that religion. Now at an earlier age, you can argue they are not choosing, but before the age of say 10 or 11, no belief system is truly there's. Some people figure it out by 13 or sometime in the later teen years. Either way, when people are capable of making an autonomous choice toward their belief, they usually choose. Some take longer than others, but in the end, you can leave a religion and follow a different belief system if you disagree with that religion.
Why is that important?
That means you don't have to follow any ideologies you don't want to. That extends to mean that the people who do follow those ideologies are freely choosing to do so.
Thank you for that response.
I need my opponent to be more specific. The fact that Muslim women generally wear the same thing does not justify the position. And the examples provided otherwise are extremely fague. Everyone has daily tasks they're required to complete, and even in the religious examples, people generally feel some sort of gratification for completing those tasks.
Allow me to explain why Levitical Law isn't applicable anymore.
Levitical Law (the law in the Old Testament that my opponent referenced) was only ever meant to be temporary. Here's the misinterpretation. People see it as an overall religious law. Levitical Law was actually a form of governance meant for Ancient Israel.
The laws that apply to modern day Christians are all listed in the New Testament. The 10 commandments were all restated in the New Testament, making them applicable.
A proper exegesis of the Bible is needed for this debate.
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