maandag 15 februari 2016

Why did God let Satan into the Garden knowing what would happen?


When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were both innocent and good. Yet, God allowed Satan into the Garden knowing that Satan would tempt Eve and that they would both end up sinning. Why did He do that?

On my radio show, an atheist called in and tried to trap me by posing a moral dilemma. He was smart enough not to appeal to his own atheistic moral standard, so he tried a different tact. He asked if I believed it was wrong to put a murderer and child molestor in a room with a child, knowing how bad the guy was and knowing what could happen. I said that it would be wrong to do so. He then applied that to God allowing Satan in the Garden and how that it is also wrong because God knew what would happen. Unfortunately, the criticism doesn't work. Here's why.

First of all, Adam was not a child. He was a grown man. He had--to some degree--knowledge of right and wrong because God had told him not to eat of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. In other words, Adam had been given a Law to follow that in itself included the option to obey or disobey. That is what the issue is about--not physical size in comparing a full grown bad guy and a small defenseless child. Adam made a moral choice, a wrong choice. So, the analogy doesn't work.

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Excuse me, sir, I don't know you, I likely never will, and I'm not sure I want to, but DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT?! Yes, yes, some explanations are that a day in the Lord is as a thousand years or that they died spiritually that day, but think about it; God said that Adam and Eve would die if they ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and they did, physically. "They did?" I hear you asking. Yes, they did. Did God ever say that they would die as soon as they ate the fruit? No, He did not, and look at it, they did die, because do you see them walking around today? And if you say that's a "broad interpretation", look at the rest of Scripture! God is almost always, if not always, very specific and precise when He speaks to people, yet he NEVER SAID that Adam and Eve would die immediately, but because they ate the fruit, they did die, eventually. Next, did they gain wisdom when they ate the fruit? No. They gained KNOWLEDGE but not WISDOM. And I don't even think their knowledge came from eating the fruit, it came from performing an evil act, which had never been performed before. Now, why did God put the Tree in the Garden in the first place? Again, think about it, God wanted humans to be different from the beasts, to have FREEDOM OF CHOICE. If you have two people living in the perfect world, with no evil anywhere in sight, do they really have a choice between good and evil? No. They don't. In such a situation, they MUST choose good, because only good exists. God wants us to CHOOSE to follow him, not to follow him blindly simply because there's no other option! Finally, OF COURSE God punished Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, and cursed the Earth! Adam, Eve, and the Serpent betrayed and disobeyed him, especially Adam and Eve, since we know the Serpent is Satan, who had already betrayed God. There was NO PAIN in childbirth before the fall! The land was easier to work with! And after the flood, God did NOT lift that curse! When God said he would "not again curse the ground any more for man's sake" He meant that he wouldn't curse the ground AGAIN! He wouldn't cause it to be EVEN HARDER to plant! LOOK AT IT!! The word used isn't "anymore" it's "any more". They have different meanings! That is all.

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