Are our lives determined by fate, or by the acts of our free will?
Our lives are determined by the actions of our free will. Whether we live a life of success or failure depends on forces that are within our control. We're always bound to go through the cycles of life and our choices determine the outcome. Free will is having the ability to choose important aspects of your life. We determine who we become and how we get there. It's all free will.
The idea of being a puppet and doing things without any control makes tons of people feel weak. If fate is what determines the way everyone lives and that it is predetermined the day we were born, why do people stay pray to God? How many people would pray at all or believe in the unknown if there is no hope for change? Everyone has hope in something and the minute it's said that everything is ‘fixed’, that hope dies.