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Give Me Liberty or Give Me a Piece of Fruit The Liberty or Lack Thereof of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost Give me the liberty to know to utter and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties -Milton Areopagitica 1644 If we are to take any one moral from Miltons Paradise Lost it might very well be that human beings must always be obedient to God However the term obedience implies the ability to make a choice After all if men are not free to decide to be obedient then it is really not obedience at all but the only natural state that mankind can achieve In order to support the moral that all sentient beings must be obedient to God then we must accept that God created all sentient beings with free will God says I formd them free and free they must remain till they enthrall themselves III123 Freedom has only one condition in the paradise of Eden-to be obedient to Gods will Adam and Eve were instructed not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil Except for this single prohibition they were indeed free Or where they In the Garden the archangel Raphael explains to Adam that man might someday purify their bodies into spirit meaning that humans might one day evolve into something more akin to the angels However Raphael does condition the possibility He tells Adam that his obedience is required in order for it to happen Adam asks about obedience and Raphael tells him Our voluntary service he requiresfreely we serve because freely we love V529-540 Gods justice depends upon the freedom of his rational creatures This can be a troublesome declaration because embedded in the notion of freedom is the ability to disobey So given that God gave us our ability to disobey then it can be stated that God in ultimately responsible for mans disobedience
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