Today we’re going to test your sense of morality. Creationists say that you can’t possibly be moral, because you refuse to accept their view of things. Are they right? We shall soon find out. Okay, let’s get started.
Scenario One: You’re a single parent raising two young children. You’ve been informed that a depraved child molester is loose in your neighborhood. His technique is to bribe children with candy and then lure them into his van, where he does unspeakable things to them. Knowing this, you say nothing about it to your six-year-old daughter and her seven-year-old brother — but you do instruct them not to eat any candy. You go off to work in the morning, leaving them alone to play in the front yard.
Upon returning home at the end of the day, you discover that the worst has happened. It’s the pervert’s work, of course, but is he the only one to blame? Question one: Do you blame your children for what has happened, because they disobeyed your command about candy and were therefore foolish enough to enter the pervert’s van? And question two: Is any of this your fault for improperly supervising your children?
While you’re pondering that, we’ll move on to Scenario Two: God creates Adam & Eve and places them in the Garden. They know nothing of the world, and have no experience with evil. God knows that the Devil is prowling around. He doesn’t mention that, but he warns Adam & Eve to avoid a certain fruit. While God is busy elsewhere, the Devil tricks Adam & Eve into eating the Forbidden Fruit. God returns and discovers their disobedience. Okay, same questions. One: Are Adam & Eve to blame for what they have done? And question two: Is any of this God’s fault?
Okay, dear reader. Even though you’re a bunch of evolutionists, let’s see if you’ve got what it takes to sort through the difficult moral issues we’ve presented. In each scenario, who is morally responsible for what happened?
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