For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.
-2 Nephi 2:11
When I was young, there was this comic book â€œWhat If?â€ which answered all sorts of brilliant questions, such as â€œWhat if Mary Jane were Spider-man and not Peter Parker?â€ Or â€œWhat if Captain America were the Incredible Hulk?â€ In order to get at and understand the question of LFW versus CFW. I would like to ask a â€œWhat ifâ€ question myself.
What if there were an opposition in all things?
What if we could get to a point in existence where every deterministic force acting upon us was answered by an equal and opposite deterministic force? What if the freedom in 2 Nephi 2:26 were a freedom from these deterministic forces, created by the counter deterministic force of the atonement? Remember, you can’t say “That’s not the way it works” or “That’s impossible.” This is a “what if” and as the “what-iffer” that part is non-negotiable.
Now that the scenario is set up, let us see what that leaves us with.
Option 1 would say that if there were no determining force acting upon us, we would be unable to act, frozen in stasis until the next deterministic force came upon us.
Option 2 says we would act completely at random, our choice nothing more than a chance in a billion completely independent of ourselves.
Neither of these seem satisfactory to me. I would say there is another way.
This is Option 3
I am taught in my religion, that there is something about me that is eternal. As President Packer recently said in a PBS interview â€œour spirits existed foreverâ€. Thus there is a determining force that is not independent of me. This determining factor is me, the real true core of who I am.
So here is my question for you. Is this CFW or LFW? Is it either? Is Option #1 or #2 LFW or CFW?
What think ye?