A: So if God has granted me my freedom, is it only the law that keeps me from doing whatever it is I want to do? How come I can’t blow the world to smithereens if I want to? Or just take off and fly whenever I want to? Or live as long as I want to? Or control other people’s minds, create worlds, think up whatever clever idea I want to, etc.?
B: Well so obviously we appear to be limited in our actual abilities. Perhaps, however, you have the ability to do any of those things you mentioned, but you don’t know it yet, or you (or anybody else) don’t know how to tap into that potential. Without knowing our true potential, it’s hard to tell how much freedom we actually have.
Might it be that our true potential is to become like God is Himself? If God is truly our Father, why shouldn’t it be? Is there any example you know of wherein the offspring does not become like the parent? If this is indeed the case, then we are confined not by God, but by whatever it is He is confined by, which I believe we conjectured before to be Eternal Truth. So the question becomes, what things does Eternal Truth allow us to do, or to not do?
Since, as we found before, we cannot ascertain Eternal Truth except through God, the answer to this question lies in what God has told us already, insofar as He has revealed Eternal Truth. Religious people would say this means what is written in scripture. I would add that it includes whatever the Spirit has revealed to us. The subject of what things constitute Eternal Truth is one we’ve broached before, and of course it’s impossible for me to list what all those things are at this time, probably because there’s just too many specifics. There may literally be infinitely many Eternal Truths. The main thing is not so much what they are, but how to access them – i.e., not what’s in the library of Eternal Truth, but how to look stuff up in it. If there is anything you want to know about Eternal Truth – say if you want to know what things you can or can’t do – use your access to the library.
B: Which set of laws of physics?
A: Isn’t there only one?
B: There are the laws of physics as understood by men, and the laws of physics as understood by God, as we discussed before. Insofar as they coincide, we are confined by them, yes, as is God. If there are differences, then of course men are wrong about them, since God can’t be wrong, and we aren’t confined by anything that isn’t true.
A: Well, which ones are true?
B: Buddy, I have no idea. It may be that none of them are, or at least none of them are completely so. If you knew which ones weren’t and could prove it, you’d be the toast of the scientific world. Otherwise, you need not feel restricted by anything the world says is impossible. Legends of Biblical proportions abound, and that they aren’t scientifically feasible, according to what science has defined as “feasible” today – as we were discussing that once about Noah’s Ark – has nothing to do with whether they actually happened. Perhaps our universe is a subspace of a greater universe wherein these legends are perfectly feasible.
A: Huh. Well, here’s another one: is it possible to convince others of what we want them to believe using force?
B: I don’t think I can say for certain whether it’s possible, but as far as I know, it has never been proven to be true. In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, the protagonist is convinced of nonsenses and impossibilities by the method of torture. However, while truth is said to be stranger than fiction, I have my doubts that this is actually possible. Even God can’t do it, I don’t think. A reason I believe this is I think that anybody can believe anything they literally want to. Under the threat of physical harm, death, fines, sentences, etc., a person may say anything they feel is necessary to avoid it, but that doesn’t mean that they actually believe it. Some may claim that their methods convince others, but how do they know for certain? Is it really possible to know this without being able to actually see into somebody else’s mind? Even if it is shown by rigorous tests that a person is convinced of a certain thing, how could we be certain that it was those methods that convinced him? In the absence, then, of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I’m going to presume that the answer to your question is “no;” that is, people cannot be forced to believe something others want them to believe.
A: Is it possible for one to change one’s gender?
B: This may depend on the definition of “gender,” since the world may see it as being perfectly possible. As far as I understand it, however, God’s definition of the word is such that the answer to that question is “no,” we can’t change our gender, no matter how hard we try or may want to. This may cause a bit of an uproar with those folks who think it ought to be possible to change one’s gender if one would like, but the fact is there’s really nothing anybody can do about it. If God has said that it isn’t possible, then it’s Eternal Truth, which means that not even God can change one’s gender. Sure, a guy like Bruce Jenner may have all kinds of operations and make it appear as if he’s a woman, even legally changing his name to “Caitlyn Jenner” and having the public acknowledge that he’s a woman, but the reality is that if he ever was a male, then he’s still a male, he always has been, and he always will be, in God’s eyes. He simply does not have the choice to change that.