So things that happen now are determined on past causes yes?
Things happening now are conditioned by past causes (could be trillions of causes).
Is my acceptence of the 4NT's determined by past causes or was their a choice in accepting them?
Yes or no
Your acceptance of 4NT is due to many causes:
a) Knowing the fact of 4NT. This required you to hear or read about them.
b) If you found out about them from someone else, there needed to be specific causes for you to be at the right place and the right time to hear or read about 4NT.
c) Not only is hearing/reading about them is required, but sufficient paññā is required to accept 4NT.
Some people do not have required paññā to make a choice to accept 4NT. Some believe in Zeus, Jehovah, the "World is Nice", etc.
You had no choice given your wisdom (paññā), and other many causes to choose to believe in anything other than 4NT (such as belief in Zeus).
Alex wrote:So the situation is not hopeless.
clw_uk wrote:If it is determined then it is "hopeless" since their is no choice, there is just the ball of string
Being determined for Parinibbāna is great news.