Well I do think people still could be saved in the OT and if it was in part based on the promise of a Savior to come then not much else God is going to do well allowing us free will. See to me that is kind of the double-standard that people reject (and rightfully so imo) "the devil made me do it" as it is obvious we have free will. Even if someone wants to argue it is within the limits of our options, what free will wouldn't be and it is still free will. But my point is then how do we blame God for not intervening when doing so essentially eliminates free will? I think God gave us the warnings in plenty of time and man disregarded them. Could God have prevented man from going off-track? I am sure he could but seems like there would be little point in doing so if it eliminated our freedom of thought and choice.<quoted text>
To me it is ike yelling "Stay out of the road" after your child is hit by a car.
The "freewill" arguement can only go so far with a "loving God" IMHO.
I would love to know the answers to a lot of things but the one thing I feel certain of is that we must have free-will for this whole thing to work correctly. Without how can anyone be held accountable for anything or rewarded for anything and what would even be the point of creating a bunch of animated puppets basically?
I understand the temptation to feel like "how can God let such a thing happen?" but if he doesn't then all the things like love and friendship and joy isn't real as we have been programmed to think and react in certain ways. I have thought about this a lot and maybe yeah a would trade a sliver of autonomy to remove some fundamental flaws in my nature but I would never trade-free will in general as that is what makes us who we are. I think God loves us but sometimes it is like loving someone on drugs. Until they decide to help themselves all anybody else is doing is putting a band-aid on the situation for a minute or two and then the problems start all over again. Man can turn to God for help but God isn't gonna to force us to act right imo