Posted 18 July 2005 - 06:42 AM
the garden of eden is a debate all in it self. There is gentic evidence that we all desended from a common male and a common female, the only problem is that the female and the male that we decend from lived thousands of years appart. So it is probable that the garden of eden and the story of adam and eve was ment to be more figerative then literal. If you read the creation is genesis carefully, you will see that god created man befour he created adam and eve, which thus gives rise to this theroy to the story of adam and eve being more figerative then literal.
Anywho... i don't think god wants us to suffer, i think he want us to be happy and live with him. I think ultimatly god wants a perfect society, the society that was perviousely in heaven was not perfect, lucifer rebelling is proof of this, which gave rise to gods plan , this process of living on earth and testing us is simply a process to eliminate the souls that god dose not disire to be with for eternity, and that others do not wish to be with for eternity. And as to how god would know lucifer would rebell or not is unclear, phisical matter acts in predictable ways, yet we do not know the phisics of spirtual matter, so its a hard call.