That seems to me the greatest freedom we have, that desire ...
I think desire and freedom are technically opposed to one another. To desire something usually implies a lack. To have freedom is to have the power to attain something.
If we were truly free, we would be free of desire and suffering, but we aren't.
Our free will is to choose whatever options God has given us and to endure whatever he decides the consequences of those actions will be. This is freedom in a sense, but in a very narrow one.
There's a whole debate here.
I don't think it's a limit so much as a necessary condition. Of course, my interpretation is all interwound with biblical metaphysics (as I read it), but put simply, my lifepartner very early in our relationship set conditions, like not turning up on the doorstep unannounced at 11.00pm after being 'off-grid' for two days ... basically I couldn't get away with the nonsense I was used to getting away with ...
I really think if we want to know God there are conditions, and that is right and fitting, or else everybody has the right to everything just because they want it. God doesn't demand we get to know Him, and people live fantastic lives, from a worldly point of view, without giving God a second thought, whereas others think about God a lot, and are wracked with trials and tribulations ... all part of my contingent world view.
I'm not answering your objection, so much as offering a commentary on my way of seeing.
I appreciate the insightful perspective.
All I suppose I'm saying is everything has conditions, according to its nature, and those conditions have to be met.
Suppose I believe God loves me, you, everybody unconditionally ... then we both know that there are those who will abuse that love, because they will know they can get away with anything. So wiser to keep that one quiet.
This is where you kind of lose me. It's not just that I disagree but that I genuinely don't understand how you can look at children dying of bone cancer or the black plague and think that it's the hand of someone who loves us.
That seems evil to me. Perhaps more evil than any human has ever had the capacity to be.
I can see the argument for letting humans harm other humans, like a parent who doesn't want to get involved in the petty disputes between his children, but the suffering caused by nature?
Perhaps demons cause that. That was one explanation for awhile. I don't know if that's still too common of a belief, though.
Even then, to prioritize someone's free will over preventing them from suffering, I don't know. I don't really think that's good, either, but at least it seems more misguided than callous. This is assuming that God can't somehow find a way to both give us free will and freedom from suffering.
My course director, who happened to be a Biblical scholar, fluent in Hebrew Greek, Latin, French (enough to read philosophy) Ugaritic, even! He sat on a panel to review translations of the Bible. He was talking once about the famous meeting between Moses and God on the mountain:
"Moses said to God: Lo, I shall go to the children of Israel, and say to them: The God of your fathers hath sent me to you. If they should say to me: What is his name? what shall I say to them? God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you." (Exodus 3:13-14)
Not to debate the Hebrew, but Fr John said, look at this as God roasting Moses. Moses asks (on the people's behalf) 'who are you?', to which God replies, 'Bloomin' cheek! You go and tell them I AM, and I AM asks who the heck d'you think you are?"
It was all very light-hearted, but there is a point here, hopefully @RabbiO might add in, that the people have got some nerve asking God to validate Himself ... that kind of thing.
Have to say, some of the most hilarious, heretical, blasphemous conversations I've had were with theologians at a college noted for its Catholic orthodoxy. (OTOH, we had moments when we look round thinking, "Is He in the room? (But then we catlicks are dead suckers for all that spooky stuff!)).
I'm not sure how we have "some nerve" to ask that someone who demands our total obedience prove that they're worthy of our servitude. I don't encourage total obedience to anyone, but I think if you're going to submit so totally to anyone you should make sure they're a decent person, whether that's God or your King or your branch manager.
God being so powerful means that we should be more critical of how he uses that power, not less.