Originally posted by JayinAR
I don't buy the Church's spin on the Biblical story.
I have a question to ask of any believer. If God is all powerful why would he knowingly create a being that was going to eventually turn against him, deceive his creation into following him in his treason and eventually punish the people for buying into what was, for all intents and purposes, a 'Godly Mistake'?
That is why I turned away from the Church many years ago. As a *child* I was able to see through this gaping hole of logic, but the reason I would side with the Serpent is because he actually argued for freedom.
God forbode man of eating from the tree of knowledge. I'm curious if the believers out there have considered that. Where would man be without knowledge?
God said that to eat from that tree man would become just like He. Have believers considered that?
He made us in his image apparently, but he couldn't handle having a creation that shared intellect. He wanted slaves.
Give me knowledge and freedom!
I see some gaping holes in you logic. You might want to consider revising your stance. Although I see quite a few people fall into this line of thinking.
Why create a being that you know will turn against you? God created a being that can make the decision as to love Him or not. On its own free will. It chose to become prideful and become everything opposite of what God is. Did God know that would happen? Yes. It is part of a much bigger plan.
Why not create a being that doesn't turn against you? Your creation would be limited. It would be like having a robot instead of a real image of you. It would know nothing else but you. It certainly wouldn't be free and wouldn't have too much knowledge. Is that fair? No.
God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Not the tree of just knowledge. He gave them their own mind too. To make their own decisions. Remember at this point they only knew what God told them and obeyed Him. They enjoyed a perfect relationship with God. Then Satan came and told them that they didn't have to listen to Him. They listened to the Devil and willingly disobeyed God. Did God know that would happen? Yes. It is part of a much bigger plan.
God told them that the day they eat of it they would surely die. Did they die physically? No. They died spiritually. God then made them coats of animal skins. This was the first sin offering in keeping with His own later texts. In later texts we find that the wages of sin are death. The sin offering is used in place of the person. There was no death in the Garden up until this point.
Still want to side with the serpent so you could be free? Better think again.