Being immortal God cannot taste death, (a painter is always apart from his own painted pictures.) that is why He killed His first and only Son. He sent Jesus to the grave, without that He could not preach to the dead, without that they would be as lost as fallen angels.
He even left us a copy of the 'plan' to get us back so obviously there was a plan. You just have no idea how good the plan really is. How does He put it, "gnashing of teeth" and "speaking in hisses (whispers)".
So if the suggestion that there was no plan is an error then the one who agrees that God has no plan is just as in error also.
What free-will is there when God has determined how things will go and what happens to the 'different groups' that He decides exist?
God has even hardened some hearts in the OT so they didn't give up before all events that needed to be done were done in whole.
If the snake was as powerful then it would not have subjected itself to the conditions that God explained. How long between the eating and His return would seem to be quite fast since not one word is said about that time other than they were aware of being naked.
That doesn't mean the snakes full powers (former arch-angel) would not impress us greatly. Unfortunately it is usually shown as how to inflict damage to men. Wars being a favorite method, followed closely by starvation.
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy
Like any artist, it just painted a picture of the universe and went for a Scotch on the rocks. Hasn't given it much thought since it wrote the promotional brochure two thousand years ago.
Just what should He be doing for us when He is 'away'?
Which also said,
Ye men of Galilee,
why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
this same Jesus,
which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.