Sure, society places some rules on us, as does the limitations of our brains. But there are always some who decide to not follow the general trend. So yes, we do have free will- without it, I wouldn't go against the crowd and vote that we do have free will. And neither would people commit crimes.
Everything we do is based on will. Even the mere act that I am writing this. Did anyone force me to? No. Would something bad happen to me if I didn't? No.
If everyone's actions are predetermined, it's as good as saying that I can't make a difference, I can't do anything different, so why bother trying?
Learning presupposes that we have the ability to freely choose which option is the correct option. Same with debating. We presuppose that we have free will, because we all assume we choose according to a position that we think is correct. The only way to argue against this position is to freely choose/decide that my position is wrong, which then proves that its right.
Do not misinterpret the question. Some people on the "No" side just use claims of people being forced into something as proof against free will. But that is irrelevant to the topic. Bad things do happen to people, and that doesn't in anyway disprove the existence of "free will". What free will is exactly, though, is another topic.
Were you free to ask this question? Of course you were. God knows what you will do though. However, God gives you the free will to choose. God doesn't force you to worship Him. That's not love. Since God is love, Since God is Love... He gives you the option on choosing good or evil.
Cause and effect is a constant chain of events, one leading to the other. If you look at every event, they all had something that caused them to happen in the past. Because you can not change the past, the event was inevitable. Thing is, the same would be true for future events. You may think by interacting, you can change future events but that is not true. This is because your interaction would just be a part of the inevitable chain of events. Your choice to interact would be caused by events of the past, seeing that the past can not be changed, your interaction would be inevitable so the outcome would also be inevitable.
Ask any rape victim if he or she had free will. No one wants to be raped, but it happens anyway. Ask the Sudanese Jews and Christians who are crucified if they have free will. Ask any mental patient if the choose to feel this way. Ask Saudi women if they have free will.
If we knew more or less we would do differently. If you could go back you would choose to do differently because of what you know after doing what you did. So what we do is determined by what we know, what we want, how we think and how we feel. As these things change so do our choices. Now this is why I don't believe in free will. Ill start with maturity. We all do things as kids that none of us do as adults and vice versa. That's because of maturity. As our brains change our will changes and we cant control how our brains change and what they change into which is different for everyone. That's maturity. So our will is CAUSED by the physical condition of the brain which is beyond our control. Also differences in moralities and actions has been linked to differences in the ways the brains work. Its obvious that what you do is determined by how the brain works and anyone who says differently is either unintelligent ignorant or a lazy thinker.