The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
While I typically ignore questions like this, the OP sounds sincere in this case... forgive me if I misread and this is just another attempt to
disprove something that cannot by definition be proven or disproven.
The following is a serious explanation of the beliefs I hold. If someone reading this wishes to ridicule them, please proceed. In doing so you show
your own prejudice, intolerance, and narrow-mindedness. I will not respond to such as there is no need to show further what you show so well without
Serious discussion will of course be acknowledged.
God did not, contrary to popular opinion, just walk around smiting anything and everything that offended Him in the Old Testament. The smitings were
necessary to accomplish His goals within the laws He originally set up. If He had wanted to find people who He could hurt, He wouldn't have had to
look far. The Bible is full of examples of misdeeds.
Adam and Eve ate of the only tree in the garden that they were told to not eat of. That was their test. Had the tree not been there, or had they
somehow been prevented from being able to eat of the tree, there would have been no test. Unlike every other creation God had made, Adam and Eve had
free will... permission, if you will, to sin. That did not relieve them of the consequences of their actions, but it did allow God to forgive them.
God did not want automaton servants... He has plenty of them... he wanted someone to choose to be with Him.
God did not curse Adam and Eve after the fall. Adam and Eve cursed Adam and Eve by their choice. God did curse the serpent (an actual dragon?) for
tempting them, and out of necessity, God prevented them from living in the garden thereafter. But all He did to Adam and Eve was explain to them the
extent of the curse they placed on themselves.
The rest of the Old Testament is the history of the Jewish people as it pertains to God trying to remove that curse from humanity. There were times
when He had to intervene, yes, but the interventions were as minor as possible to still accomplish the goal.
I can see in my mind now that I am a father, the story of how a child had everything a father could give, and because of a bad choice lost it all. I
can see the actions of that father, following the errand misadventures of that child, working diligently to get the child to the point where all could
be forgiven and the child could start anew. I can see in the story of the Jews true love, even in the face of utter disobedience and almost fanatic
attempts to stay under the curse mankind put upon itself.
Yeah, it might have been easier to start over... but we wouldn't be here then, would we?
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.