I disagree. Sorry, but I can’t side with you and Jerry in thinking that God intended for mankind to suffer for 6,000 years, and counting, before He could dwell with them.
I thing Genesis 1:1-2:4 is quite clear. God intended on dwelling with man when He first put him in His garden. That was His plan “A.” He did not make Adam sin and blow that plan to pieces. That was Adam’s choice, not God’s.
I guess it’s just hard to accept that God would make free will individuals that could go against His plans, thereby thwarting said plans, but that’s the chance He took when He gave them free will. Lot’s of robots are being manufactured these days, robots that have no choice but to obey their programming. God’s just not like that though. Giving them free will was the hallmark of His love towards them.
Maybe I wasn’t clear, but I never meant to appear hesitant. The Bible does not talk about QM, the big bang, or the speed of light.
While God is certainly responsible for those things, He didn’t bring them up to an Ancient Near East which would have had no idea what He was talking about. Those things are just irrelevant to what God wanted to communicate in the scriptures.
All those say is that God had plan “B” in mind from the beginning. It in no way suggests God would not have wanted Adam to succeed. Had that plan succeeded He would not have had to put plan “B” into play.
In fact, had Adam obeyed, none of those verses would have had to be communicated.