Adam and Eve
MPN: ooo, Ayekah, so Eve didn't have free will? Did Satan? I'm moving this to a post!
Commentor: Well.......that's a long debated topic, as you well know. Did she have free will prior to the deed? Or did the deed incite free will?
It's akin to the chicken or the egg thing. If I had to call it, I would have to say yes, she did have free will prior to the act. I think the serpent also played his part freely though, somewhere (non theologically) I think the serpent was part of the "plan". What I mean to say is that I do not think he insinuated himself into the Garden, he was placed there. Oh boy.....what a can of worms this is.....
Commentor: Allowing myself to throw further fuel on the flame, Eve does have a "discussion" with the serpent over the eating.....Adam simply takes the fruit and eats it.......:)
Carry on, people, and when I am well, I will add my $.02. Blessings!
UPDATE: I am recovered, praise God.
Here is my question. Is it possible that God the Son would have incarnated, not as our saviour, but still to participate in the unity with His creation, even if the fall hadn't happened. In other words, was it really necessary for sin to have happened for Jesus to become incarnate. Could He have worked it out that we would still have the benefit of having Him share our humanity without having the huge separation caused by the fall? Isn't it His greatest desire for unity with his creations, bound in love for all eternity? Couldn't it all have worked our without the fall?