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FREEDOM In Paradiso Dante is led by his guide Beatrice and ascends through the heavenly spheres of Heaven where he is granted a vision of Gods heavenly court In each sphere Dante meets many souls who have been rewarded for their cardinal virtues such as prudence fortitude justice and temperance In this last book of the Divine Comedy Dante focuses on the free will and how it should be directed and perfected towards Gods will and love God has given us the right the power and the freedom to choose between good and evil love and hate or light and darkness He gave us the gift of free will and thus we have the freedom to make our own decisions and whether to tend to God freely or not Man can either gain or lose merit through his freedom of will which is then justified by means of reward or punishment Since the gift that He most prizes was the freedom of the will Canto 5 l 21-22 the will itself is naturally inclined towards God but the desire which is inclined towards the Earthly pleasure can cause man to fall into sin The will should be directed towards the purpose of serving God such that it overpowers the desire Thus in order to overcome sin and enter Heaven God has to be recognized and accepted as the center of ones life It is clearly evident that in Paradiso the souls are free from sin as their free will is directed towards Gods will rather than earthly pleasure They have chosen to love and serve God and thus they are rewarded with Heaven where they give God glory by singing the praises of His love and mercy They have proven their devotion adoration and faithfulness to God as well as their desire to be in His presence They have recognized His almighty power existence and goodness that their will is naturally inclined
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