No, I don’t think that would make the parents or their actions evil. However, the analogy fails.
- The parents are not perfect omniscient and omnipotent beings in charge of creating the child and the environment to their own exact specifications, including decreeing that the action of taking cookies from the cookie jar was wrong.
But the problem with this is that God did not make anyone sin. People, such as Adam and Eve, chose this action themselves-- and knowing full well that they would die the death if they acted this way.
And, in the case of original sin, later generations have suffered the consequences of their parent’s actions-- not God’s actions. That’s why Jesus came, even died from the foundation of creation, so that he might bear our sins for us.
Just as all sin through Adam, all do God’s will through Christ.
When someone sins, they are moving in the Spirit of Adam’s original sin. But then someone does God’s will, they are moving in the Spirit of Christ’s obedience to God.
Now as far as knowing good from evil is concerned, even if the parents are not omniscient, they can still know with a certain degree of certainty what the outcome of certain actions will be without directly experiencing them.
I gave a harmless example of the cookies. But we could also talk about more dangerous things in the kitchen, such as a stove, or medicine in a locked medicine cabinet for example.
So, if the parent tells the child not to touch the stove or else they will get burnt, and if the child disobeys and touches the stove anyway, this would not be the parent’s fault for cooking food on a stove. It would be the child’s fault for not obeying the parents instruction not to touch the stove.
In this situation the parents are perfectly aware of what the consequences of the actions will be (even if they aren’t omniscient and omnipotent beings), and they are indeed in charge of creating the child, and creating the environment to their own exact specifications-- including decreeing that the action of touching the stove would be dangerous and the child would be hurt if they failed to obey the parents.
[quote=KarenNC]If they were, and nothing existed apart from their design, then they also created the child’s inclination to disobedience and its desire for cookies.
No. God creating people with the ability to choose does not indicate that God made them chose something evil. He simply created people with the free-will to choose.
Choosing is not evil.
Choosing evil is evil.
Choosing good is good.
When you said that nothing existed apart from their design, you have hit on a good point. Nothing did exist apart from their design-- and they chose nothing over and above God. Adam and Eve chose nothingness instead of God’s will, and nothingness is the only other option to God’s will.
[quote=KarenNC]They could have created a child who did not desire cookies or who would never consider being disobedient.
But, in the case of the child-lile analogy, desiring cookies is not in itself inherently evil. Certain conditions must be met before it could become bad.
For example, it’s when the child wants to eat cookies before breakfast, dinner and/or supper (thus ruining their appetite) that the desire becomes bad.
If the child has cookies after breakfast, dinner and/or supper as snack, then this desire to have a cookie is fine.
Greater actions, which actually constitute as ‘real sins’ against God, often work in the same manner.
For example, sex is not in itself inherently evil. It’s when sex is had before marriage, or when a married person has sex with someone besides the person they are married to, that the sexual act becomes a sinful trangression against God’s will.
Furthermore, some actions are just wrong no matter what conditions have been met, such as the sexual molestation of a child for example. No conditions will make this sin against the child and God ok. Nothing will ever make this a permissable act either.