I was reading in the newspapers about some juvenile delinquents and I started thinking about who bears the blame for the flaws in their character. To be sure, we cannot absolve people of blame simply because of poor parenting, but when young people misbehave, we inevitably think about what a poor job their parents have done in leading them, in acting as a good role model, and guiding them. The good or bad behavior of a person reflects on their parents, and for good reason. It is from your parents that you get your social cues, where your virtues are instilled, where you learn discipline. Because human parents are mortal and fallible, failed parenting is understandable.
But what does this say about God?
God was Adam’s parent. While not biologically related, God created Adam, and apparently had a personal relationship with Adam as his creator. God would have taught Adam everything he knew, since there were no other people around from which to learn. So when Adam disobeyed God, was God blameless? When a human parent raises an unruly child, do the parents not share in the blame for raising such a brat? And God does not share the same excuse some parents have in having biologically or psychologically damaged children - God had full control over Adam’s biological and psychological predisposition.
And don’t run to the Free Will excuse. A parent does not need to use mind control to raise a good child. Yes, Adam used his free will to disobey God, but why was Adam’s character such that he thought it a good idea to disobey God? How do you account for Adam’s character failures when he had God as a parent and creator?