Teaching God: What God Can Learn from Johann Fichte’s Ideas about Free Will

The Rebuke of Adam and Eve by Domenico Zampieri

Teaching God is a series of writings about some of the things I think I would advise God on, looking at how, according to the Bible human beings have become wicked. It’s a series of writings based on my biblical observations.     

I must admit, some ideas contained in this article are not yet fully developed, mainly because they are not so easy to understand and deconstruct. For instance, the story of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; its existence and its purpose.

The story of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is very interesting and tricky if you think about it. It also has a number of significant ideas one can draw up; from what it signifies to why it was put there in the first place. I still can’t understand why God put the tree there, however, what we all know is that he placed it there, so that one is on him, it’s something he can’t deny nor run away from.

In my previous article, I tried to link the Garden of Eden to an education system, and in this article I will attempt to expand this connection by looking at some ideas by Johann Fichte. Ideas I believe could have been key to God’s teachings.

Fichte laid out an idea that would aim at disabling pupils of thinking and acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished;

“Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished”

In my previous article, I argued that there’s no evidence that suggests that God may have directly told Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This argument received a number of counter arguments and critics that suggested that whether God directly told Eve or not, she knew that she was not supposed to eat from the tree – and to be honest, they were fair arguments.

The above quote from Johann Fichte is very interesting if you think about it; because in my view, God is the master or perhaps the teacher of this education system called ‘Garden of Eden’ and according to Fichte, masters of schools have to aim at destroying free will, which is what God was supposed to have done with his pupils, Adam and Eve.

What Fichte really meant was something he articulated here; “the schools must fashion the person, and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than what you wish him to will.”  

If God wanted to, say, perhaps avoid all the ‘sinning’ by Adam and Eve and the punishments it came with as a consequence then he should have strived to fashion Adam and Eve in such a way that they simply couldn’t will otherwise.

I also think that this idea of fashioning pupils such that they don’t will otherwise speaks to the nature of the environment you put them in. For instance, don’t put in front of them things that will make them deviate from the main aim of fashioning them to a certain direction – things such as the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Simply put, God as a master or teacher failed his pupils.

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Mduduzi Mbiza is a creator. Author of the book, ‘Human Education: The Voyage of Discovery’.