Black Spirituality Religion : Fate Or Free Will: What Do You Think?

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  1. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A legend from the Middle East tells how a rich merchant’s servant in Baghdad came to his master one day in great consternation. “Master,” he cried, “someone bumped into me in the crowded marketplace this morning. When I turned around I saw it was Death. I caught his eye and he gave me such a strange and terrifying look that I am now in fear of my life. Master, please lend me your horse so that I may flee – with your help I can be far away in Samarra by nightfall.” The merchant was a generous man, and, lending the servant a fine horse, he sent him forthwith on his way.

    Later, the merchant himself went to the marketplace and saw Death standing in the crowd. “Why did you frighten my servant this morning, and give him such a threatening stare?” “I did not threaten him,” said Death. “It was a look of surprise. I was astounded to see a man this morning in Baghdad when I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.”

    Was the merchant’s servant fated to die that night, or could he have exercised his free will and remained in Baghdad? Perhaps Death would have changed his traveling arrangements and kept the appointment anyway. What would have happened if the servant had confronted Death instead of running away? Perhaps he could have negotiated a delay in the timing of the appointment, and enjoyed a longer life in return for a gift or a favor, or some sacrifice to satisfy the Grim Reaper...

    Fate or free will, what do you think?
     
  2. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You can run but you can't hide...
     
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    I think free will dictates HOW you live your life, it doesn't decide how long that life will be.
     
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    nuff said monetg nuttin more nuttin less....strength in knowledge brothas
     
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    Personally, I think how you choose to use your free will determines your fate in the long run. And in my opinion, fate doesn't end at death.
     
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    ...are you asking if there is an omnipresent Higher Power that dictates all life here on Earth...???...one who knows that Past, Present , and Furture...???...
     
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    No, that's not what I'm asking...what you have proffered is a given...
     
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    Was the merchant’s servant fated to die that night, or could he have exercised his free will and remained in Baghdad?
     
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