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Did Adam do All This?

Posted: May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’ve heard the term “rational theology” a few times lately. I am afraid to ask what it actually means because I don’t want to offend the person who tells me the answer. As you know, I think it is an oxymoron.

But I can’t just throw that out there. I have to base that on something. I feel sometimes that people think I am just mad at someone or someone did me wrong down at the church. Not true. It really does come down to those two words: rational and theology.

I guess I can throw out what I feel is a riddle right from the first chapters of Genesis and move on from there. Any good answers (“no one knows the thoughts of God” and “His ways are higher than our ways” is cheating) will be considered earnestly. I am rarely earnest, but I will be for a wee bit.

In the beginning, God creates Adam and puts two trees in the garden. One is The Tree of Life that will give them immorality, and the other is The Tree of Knowledge (or of Good and Evil). Although these trees predate the Bible in literature, I will take that this is the first use of them.

We are given two facts:

1)      Adam (and soon Eve) is forbidden to eat from the Knowledge Tree (oh, the uncloaked metaphor).

2)      God is omniscient (all-knowing).

So…is the Bible (or God or a scribe or whoever) lying when they said God was omniscient? Because that means he knew that Adam and Eve (given free will) would choose to sin and disobey.

Or…Is the Bible true and God is omniscient and ,therefore, the most horrible, uncaring deity ever for setting up a scenario where all people from then on out – following the sin of only 2 people—would be dying of disease, miserable, overdosed, in chronic pain,  crushed by earthquakes, heartbroken AND going to hell for eternity with no escape?

Which one is it? The lie or the cruelty?

Why did God let Adam wield all this catastrophic power, especially if he knew?