According to classical physics, the exact conditions at the beginning of the universe set the clock going. Once the first atom bounced off its neighbor, the eternal dance of the atoms was begun, and there were no other forces that could change it. Once set in motion, everything that can ever happen was destined to happen. This idea of a clockwork universe set the tone for the doctrine of predestination.
Predestination and its philosophical stepchild, Secular Humanism assume that there is no such thing as free will. It assumes that everything you have become, and everything you will ever become, everything you think and everything you ever will think was predestined eons before you were born. With an ultimately powerful computer, one could not only predict the future, but one could also retrodict the past by working backwards. But time always progresses forward, and as the universal clock unwinds, so does your entire predetermined life. The universe, your life and all earthly circumstances are predestined to progress to a predetermined future in “the grand arc of history”, and there is nothing you can do to change it. In classical physics and the philosophies it spawned, there is no such thing as free will! You only THINK you have free will, but even that thought was predestined at the dawn of the universe.
Enter David Hume (1711 – 1776). Hume was an early eighteenth century Scottish philosopher and contemporary of Diderot who caught the ball passed to him by Voltaire and ran with it. He was the father of the philosophy known as Humanism. “Secular Humanism” is its primary descendant, and, as you will see, it has become the modern religion of academia and modern elites. Hume denied that humans have an actual conception of the self. He believed that what we think of as “experience” is only a bundle of sensations, and that the self is just a bundle of “causally-connected perceptions”. He saw people simply as complex machines doomed to play out their predetermined rolls. Hume was an avowed atheist.
“The life of man is of no greater importance to
the universe than that of an oyster”
Hume believed that the mind and its self-aware consciousness is simply a byproduct of the mechanical dance of particles in the brain. Therefore, every action, every thought, every decision, every kindness and every cruelty is simply the result of the predetermined motions of the billiard balls. Everything is fated to happen, and nothing you can do can prevent it. Humanism sprang from these roots. According to Humanism, free will is a myth. This is a very important point because, as you will see, if you believe in Spirit, free will is EVERYTHING!