Date: June 10th, 2021 1:12 PM
Author: Plum partner
God created a finite world, which contains the human will. the human will is the motivating force for all action and decision, i.e., for the sum total of things implicated in "morality."
The human will is an image of God, it is the means through which he connects or interfaces with his creation. God has a will, and man has a will, and they interact through the conflict of their wills.
Will is at the center of creation. Whatever the purpose of creation is, man's will is the means through which God intends to accomplish it.
The image of God in our will is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ in us, as an aspect of our will, is the means by which God tweaks, plays with, alters, reorients man towards the telos of creation.
God created man's will, and it does not belong to man. It belongs to God, so that God's punishment of the will, the punishment of Christ in us, is not punishment of man himself, but punishment of God's property by God.
Man does not own his will, for it is of God. And man can possess nothing of God. The problem of theodicy is the mistaken belief that man's will is owned by man, and that punishment of man's will is punishment of man. But man's will is not his own, it is God's, and so God's punishment of man's will is God punishing something that is his.
The anger man feels towards God's punishment of man's will is therefore misplaced. Man ought have no attachment to his will, for it is not his, and its fate is not of his concern.