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The Genesis Paradox 
18th-Jan-2009 11:00 pm
There's something that's been irking me as of late. It has to do with the Bible; specifically, it has to do with Genesis.

Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit of Wisdom. They had disobeyed God and were hence kicked out of the Garden of Eden. What one has to question is... why? Why did this happen, and why was God supposedly so angry that it happened?

God created man. If God wanted to create man to be obedient, He could have, and he would have. But he didn't. Her purposefully created man to sin.

Now, perhaps you're saying "but God gave humans free will, He couldn't help it." Ignoring the fact that my previous argument still stands -- the God could have easily created a righteous man -- we have to first define free will. If free will is allowing us to choose our own actions, then presents a paradox with Satan. Satan was originally an Archangel who essentially betrayed God. That would be an exact example of the free will as defined above. The Bible, however, states that angels did not have free will, so what that means is free will cannot possibly be about simple choice.

So, then, what is free will and why did God create a man he knew would sin? I think I'll save that for another time, and let you postulate amongst yourselves.
21st-Jan-2009 09:00 am (UTC)
What is the purpose of being an automaton? God created sinners, to speak, so that we could choose redemption. Maybe. That's why I would do it if I was Him. I don't actually know God's intentions, unlike some people I know. :P
30th-Jan-2009 05:18 pm (UTC) - John Fowles' Answer
"It is only when our characters and events begin to disobey us that they begin to live." - speaking of creating worlds in fiction in The French Lieutenant's Woman
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