Yes, let’s try to build a common ground.
The word “omnimax” is a short form to express “all-knowing, all-powerful and all-benevolent”. Of these the “all-knowing” and “all-powerful” are problematic, but we can just accept the usually accepted meanings (at least for the time being). The “all-benevolent” is easier, it just means that God acts in a manner that is beneficial to all the affected parties. There is again some problem with this if the act has different ramifications for the people involved.
Hell is the worst, most evil concept ever developed. To subject someone to unending, everlasting torture is directly contradicted by the concept of benevolence. Some apologists try to argue that people “choose” hell, but that is ridiculous. No sane person would knowingly “choose” eternal torture.
Evil is a problem because it is contradicted by love. Again, some apologists argue that without evil there can be no love, but that is also nonsensical.
All these are simply “bullet-points”. All of them can be discussed in detail, but I don’t want this thread to degenerate into a question-and-answer session, where you all ask the questions and I provide the answers. Be proactive.
I am interested exactly in these definitions. What does love mean in the proposition “we (humans) love God” and conversely “God loves us”. The word “love” is so loosely defined that it is next to impossible to use it in specific instances without specifying what kind of “love” we talk about.
If I would have to choose between freedom and heaven I would choose heaven.
It was what we call “entrapment”, like putting a candy to an easy to access place, tell the kid not to touch it, knowing full well that he will touch it, and then punish him for disobedience. And the punishment was not a slap on the wrist, rather a full-blown punishment (curse) for not just the perpetrators, but also their progeny.
Cursing the whole creation for the disobedience of Adam and Eve is overreacting. If someone misbehaves, you do not punish others for his deed. I would never present an opportunity for disobedience. When I don’t want my child to play with a loaded gun, I hide it so she cannot get to it. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Because there is no historical evidence of the events in the Garden, and it is not required to accept it literally.