Hi there, first of all I just want to thank RZIM for the amazing resources and expertise that you provide for the public and your service to the church.
My question is regarding Adam and Eve’s inclination to sin. If they were in a state of integrity as William Lane Craig explains in his defenders class: “In the state of integrity, man possessed a set of perfections – both the so-called major perfections which were perfections of the soul, and then also minor perfections which are the perfections of the body. Among the major perfections – the perfections of the soul – we find the knowledge of God, sanctity of the will (we will what we should and ought to do), and the purity and harmony of man’s desires” - then why would they disobey God if their desire and will was in harmony and was to please God, would it imply that they were not totally satisfied in their relationship with God? If this is the case, when we get to heaven or when Christ returns and establishes a new kingdom, could we also repeat their behaviour? If we shift the blame to the temptation of Satan this sort of makes Adam and Eve seem inculpable and would effect how we interpret the doctrine of original sin.
Could we explain it all by saying that God knew Adam and Eve would disobey and allowed it in order to carry out his redemptive plan and for us to recognise the consequences of disobeying God?
So, I guess my question is fundamentally ‘Where did the first desire for evil come from?’ How could the will become distorted?
John Piper answering the question of ‘Where did Satan’s desire for evil come from?’ explains: ‘To say that Satan had free will — that is, ultimate self-determination — is not an explanation for why he committed his first sin. It is a label. It is not an explanation.
It is a label of a mystery. How could a perfectly good being — with a perfectly good will and a perfectly good heart — ever experience any imperfect impulse that would cause the will to move in the direction of sin? The answer is that nobody knows, including those who say, “Oh, it is free will.” That is not an explanation. It is a name for a mystery‘.