If the deity knows the outcome of free will,........
That was pretty good reasoning by human standards. We are not talking about human standards however.
You decided that there was an 'outcome' of free will. That it must be solid, one way or the other.
Here is the thing that objects to that
When God created the angels, they ALL were perfect. They all, like God, had free will. Lucifer was perfect until iniquity was found in him.
What was that iniquity? SOme of this answer we see in the bible, some is deduced from it.
Lucifer wanted to be lifted up and worshiped like God and along side of God. Lucifer saw how beautiful he was, and how powerful he was, and how great
his music was...and decided he should be worshiped. The bible tells us Pride was the sin.
The bible also tells us that Lucifer was in Eden when he was perfect. From here we start using logic.
God created man and put him in Eden. God created mankind to worship God.
Sure, we have a life, but the heart of our life is to worship God. (some of you have a hard time with that....but you want a faithfull loyal dog,
wife, kids, friends....thats the level im on with this)
SO when Luci saw mankind doing what he was supposed to, his pride blossomed. He wanted to be worshiped.
Eve, in listening to, and BELIEVING satans words..(Gen 3 'you will be like God'.... vs Gods word in Gen 1 "created in the image of God") ..they
worshiped. That is what its about. Whos word you believe and listen to.
So mankind followed satan, and then realized the mistake and tried to hide from God.
1/3 of the angels also sinned, and did not turn back. All things being relative, that might be the ratio of humans throughout history that live/die in
SO... satan was cast out of the garden like man.
The outcome of free will + knowledge of good and evil is that people who are not full of pride will follow God.
Christ had to die so that the law could be fulfilled.
The first law was,
Eat from the tree and you will surely die.
Christ died in your place.
If God simply threw out the law and snapped his fingers to make things right, then the law, HIS WORD, would be as worthless as satans.
That was satans trap...but it backfired.
Now you all have a choice and I can only promise you that if you pray and believe in your heart, then God will answer. He HAS TO...because he said he
would. He has to keep his word