By your logic the two year old that throws a temper tantrum and gets beat by his parents with a two-by-four is guilty of child abuse for throwing a temper tantrum in the first place.
A two-year-old has limited understanding on how to act. I believe God gave Adam and Eve much better intelligence and understanding than that. And it wasn't "just a piece of fruit" that they ate, it was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
. I sorta think that by eating the fruit, mankind somehow changed on all levels. And God did not abandon his creations after their diobedience, but probably taught them how to survive in our world, hence the "till the ground" bit.
As for earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, I thought you'd appreciate the biological complexity of 'em, Greeki
...since you put so much stock in Science. I sort of look at them as an investment...(1) Use our (sometimes) intelligent brain to stay safe, and (2) Band together to alliviate suffering. I think without diseases and without natural trouble, we take God and the gifts He has given us for granted. I think these things CAN make us better, we just need to see them in a more positive light.
Also, just because a child is born with a deformity doesn't mean they're less than human or less than desireable.
Btw, just because I haven't figured all of this out yet doesn't mean I'm the equivalent of some ignorant, religious
hillbilly. You seem to see a lot of us that way, Greeki...
I prefer "Her" myself...
(Covers the pin-up) wouldn't want you to fall into idolatry, hehe....