Is this the Catholic teaching? I’ve been struggling to wrap my mind around this and it’s a HUGE stumbling block for me as I try to learn more about Catholicism/Christianity.
1 - God knew everything that was going to happen in the Garden before he created Adam & Eve, knew they would disobey him, and eat of the tree, created them anyway, because of free will, even though he knew what their decision would be ahead of time. He also knows Satan is roaming about, but sits back and watches the fall unfold instead of protecting his innocent children from the manipulative, seasoned evil they know nothing about.
How this is unlike me having a sheltered young daughter, telling her once not to do something, then wandering off while I know a sauve and diabolical child predator will attempt to convince her otherwise, I do not know. And then when my daughter gives in, I’ll throw her out of the house and take no responsibility, even though I’m the one with all the knowledge about the situation.
- God created Adam & Eve without the propensity to sin. Their wills were perfectly in line with his. He couldn’t have created them with the propensity to sin, because God doesn’t do bad stuff. So it should have been impossible for them to choose to disobey him, even with their free will. Without original sin, without the propensity to sin, shouldn’t their exercise of free will be limited to choosing between what is good, and what is better?
If they were created in God’s image, with pure souls that knew nothing of sin, and they couldn’t even conceive of sin, how were they suddenly able to sin so gravely? I’ve been told it’s an Official Mystery of the Church (ie, they don’t know either), but it’s driving me nuts!
Also, I get that the RCC explains God referring to himself as “we” and “us” in Genesis as a reference to the trinity. I can accept that (even though I can think of more logical explantations). But my whole life I’ve heard that Adam and Eve were cast out for disobedience and eating the tree of knowledge. But I’m looking at a Catholic Bible (new experience still :o and it says:
Then the LORD God said: "See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is good and what is bad! Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it and live forever."
The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken.
Adam and Eve were cast out because if they weren’t, they’d also eat of the other tree, and become immortal gods themselves? That sounds very close to Eastern beliefs I’ve been told have absolutely nothing in common with Christianity (believing we can all become a part of “God”).
Is this an official Mystery? Or is there a simple explanation that doesn’t make it seem as though God were setting us up to fail, and then kicked us out lest we gain power and threaten his?