Quoting Bangtail:" What "unfounded assumptions" are you speaking of? And, your argument against their free will argument ... [snip!] ... we still have the legal right and free will to do them. EVERY CHOICE has conditions placed upon it, whether stated or implied."
the idea of god "giving" free will is negated if ultimately he only wants us to do one thing. it becomes a farce in a way. it's like being a parent who says, "you can choose to sit down & have dinner or you can get spanked." so - where's the choice?
it's illusory. if god holds the keys to our eternal souls and damns us for making the wrong choice, there is NO choice. there is only his way or eternal damnation.
life, we DO have free will -- in some perceived sense of the word, despite being predisposed to certain behaviors based on our psychological/neurological states / backgrounds.
god's free will is a farce though.
and the fact he purportedly planned this entire human drama w/ the morning star becoming lucifer, creating hell, casting out half the angels & making them into demons -- well, it wreaks of a grand human tragedy and is ... nothing more than the most basic part of our arrogance as a species.
nothing about the story sounds remotely like an omnipotent god w/ any actual conception of the future and how it'd play out. truly, it's much more like the greek gods of yore, w/ their conspiracies and betrayals.
*sides eyes all the christians*