I’ve been fiddling with the search function on this board, trying to find an instance of this question being asked before, and come up empty. This probably either reflects my extremely poor library skills or the laughably transparent nature of the question. Oh well, here goes:
In Genesis, we are told that the Fall occurred because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In other words, God created them without knowledge of good and evil. So how can one consider the punishment just, if he created them without the ability to tell right from wrong?
This has always struck me as one of the first, most apparently obvious inconsistencies in the Bible. I happened to say as much to a religious acquaintance the other day, and was surprised to find that he had no ready response at hand. In fact, he seemed genuinely distressed at not being able to come up with an answer. Curious, I tried (in my hamfisted way) to search through various online religious sites for a stock answer, and was only able to locate this one Mormon site. While it does address the topic head-on, its conclusions seem remarkably convoluted to say the least. Surely there is a more direct take on this fundamental point of Scripture from millennia of Biblical scholarship, but I can’t seem to track it down. I know there’s folks on this board who can cite the original Hebrew and Greek texts back to front, so: What is the consensus (if any) on how this topic is addressed?