[quote=“Bill_II, post:365, topic:35442”]
[@AntoineSuarez This amounts to say that in any case and from God’s perspective, before the first sin happened in human history, God arranged things so that the alternative history was always possible, otherwise God would be the author of sin.
@Bill_II Here is where we part ways.
Bill, in regards to this particular exchange of ideas, I must side with you rather than with Antoine–possibly because I can grasp simpler explanations rather than deep philosophy. First of all, isn’t it mostly chutzpah to examine the matter of Sin from God’s perspective?. Christians have no problem accepting the belief that God created everything in the Universe, and Sin certainly exists on this planet that is part of the Universe. Yet it seems to be an anathema to state that God is the author of Sin. Could it be possible that in the last 10K years humans, in constructing languages, have applied the label, Sin, to actions that, within the context of evolution, are not intrinsically evil? We are comforted by examples in evolution of symbiosis being rewarded, but we are repulsed by instances where selfishness and lust for power are equally rewarded–e.g. a bull elephant seal trampling newborn pups in his rush to “protect” his harem from being inseminated by a roaming male.
It appears that God is content to let both competition and cooperation work side by side in biospheric creation. But IMHO He has something more challenging in Mind for humankind: a creature that can choose to live in His Image, that can overcome animal instinct and lead a life guided by love and compassion. Failure to accept the challenge to construct that Kingdom on Earth is the true measure of Sinfulness. At least that is my poor attempt at guessing how God sees it.