"I just read your blog Consequences of Original Sin, and although I have heard the same story many times and have discussed it with many people, I still have a nagging question about `The original plan`not including death. If God is ALL KNOWING, then he must have known how the whole story would unfold before ever creating mankind. I struggle with this thought over Lucifer falling from Heaven as well. People try to convince me that it is about free will...that`s not what I am stuck on. GOD MUST HAVE KNOWN....that is my point.... everything....He knew everything....Evil was no surprise to Him. Can you clarify this irritating little glitch I have in my thinking for me?"
free will are right in as far as it goes ... the problem is that I don’t think they took the point far enough. The overarching motif in all of creation is divine love and its corollary of holiness. I think your friends have things reversed.
We are told in the Scriptures that God is love and the Apostle John wrote extensively about this. The Scriptures also tell us God is perfect, holy, and He desires that we be holy too. It has been this way since the beginning. I have continually misunderstood the depths of God’s love and the lengths He is prepared to go for humanity to bring us toward Him and draw the human race to freely love Him back with as perfect a love as His. He has instilled a desire for perfect love in the human heart. Bishop Fulton Sheen put it this way:
Real love must be given freely. C.S. Lewis wrote in his monumental book Mere Christianity (important in my own conversion): “A world of automata – of creatures that worked like machines – would hardly be worth creating.” It would be contrary to God’s nature of desiring to give perfect love and receive perfect love. Perfect love can not be demanded; it must be freely given. That is where free will comes in.
It was the decision, the choice to step out of the Light, that humanity was plunged itself into spiritual darkness.
St. Paul told us, "Now we know in part, but then we shall know just as we are known." The curse of death that has plagued humanity since Eden will final be broken. The second Adam sets things right. Paul said,
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnyLWxFNOgI for Kari Jobe, "What Love Is This?" 4:12]