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Sadly christians, and there are millions of them are incapable of understanding the simple logic of this statement
I do not answer here from a Christian perspective nor do I promote Christian apologetic, or the Christian view of Adam and the book of Genesis. I do not believe in the existence of the Christian religion's Devil, either.
I'm Jewish, and while my answer isn't going to be full of Biblical passages, it isn't going to contradict any aspect of my faith or the notion of human nature found in the book of Genesis in the Torah that shows that humans have both a good and a bad inclination within us and the capacity to choose our path in life.
I'll briefly quote my own words from 2007 from a little longer essay copyrighted on my blog, I link to below
This is what I see:
"I believe we have free will within the confines of limited parameters of physical existence. The physical properties of the universe, our earth, our biological composition including genetic variables and our physiologic mortality and our place and time in the world predetermine certain choices. I assert they do not control all of them."
I believe that the answer is not an either or, but to discover that randomness and free will and determinism are all involved in the course of a human life.
Original sin refers to the belief that all humans are born with a blot/burden of sin that must be reconciled with atonement or sacrifice..they're born with this stain or inherent sinful state because Adam and eve Sinned.
However..that is not a concept found in the torah at all and in fact, Torah in a literal since clearly indicates humans are born with inclination to both good and evil and have an ability to master the evil inclination.from Genesis forward this is supported in many passages
It was technically also impossible for them to 'sin" using the contextual meaning of the word as used in Torah, until they possessed the knowledge of good and evil and could make a choice between the two and the word for sin is only first used IN Genesis in reference to Cain and Abel and shows the notion of being able to master the evil inclination
An Omnipotent Creator has no limits as to what it "knows", and if there are no limits, then it is as illogical to assert that an omniscient Creator is incapable of setting up a system with variables that are based upon the free-will within the parameters of the mortal physical existence and physical universe system that it exist within?
this is why my personal belief is that God does NOT know what we are going to do. He can probably CHOOSE to know, but he chooses not to know (get what i mean?). It's like imagine you are God, and you have the choice of knowing what I'm going to do vs what I'm not going to do, but you choose not to know such knowledge, so that makes you both giving me free will + being all powerful still at the same time.
i never thought about that. great point. now i have something else to make fun of christians for
No, it's not silly. It's the way it was and is.
No...all mankind was created with free will.
That is what separates us from the other animals.