greeney2 wrote:God may be all knowing but more than one path is always subject to your free will, so God may be all knowing of all you choices, but the decision is left to you.
But is it really?
Beloved St. Paul describes the nonbeliever to be spiritually "dead." Many believe that the episode where Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead, was intended as a lesson; a symbolic gesture. Paul tells us that, like Lazarus, we are powerless to take any action on our own. But we can be awoken (in this case spiritually), by and only by the work of Christ through the Holy Spirit. We can make every effort on our own. Using our own free will, we can decide whatever we want to decide. But without that interceding effort on the part of God, we are completely helpless in the matter of saving faith.
I believe God made this declaration with Adam and Eve, giving them the choice themselves. Wouldn't it been easier for God to never put the forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden, since God created everything? He also created the free will to make choices, to either care for what God gave us or not to care, in which case we are responsible for the decision. Otherwise every Jeffery Dalmer, Adolf Hitler, Stalin or Charles Manson, would just be saying God planned for me to do this.
On the first part, I took from the bible the strong belief that much of what God does is meant as a lesson for future generations to learn from. The fruit wasn't a mistake, nor (in my opinion) was it a test. God already knew full well that Adam and Eve would fail. But what that fruit has
accomplished, is being a stark reminder to trust in God, obey His commands, and not to let anyone tell you any different no matter how intellectual or persuasive they seem to be. Among other things of course.
As far as Hitler, Dahmer, etc. The bible, which I believe to be inerrant and true, says God is not the author of evil. Therefore, I wholeheartedly believe God did not personally direct their actions. However, being (obvious) unbelieving, evil people, they certainly had no need for God's intervention to come up with their heinous schemes. What God did
do, in His state of being all-powerful and all-knowing, was allow
those things to come to pass. Knowing God like we know Him, we can only assume that good will come of all of it. Maybe not today, maybe not until 2,000 more years come to pass, or maybe good has already come of it.