Problem of evil, Jesus and free will
Ok. This question is more to Christians and ex-Christians.
Depending on the position of Jesus, he may contradict certain notions that seek to dismiss the evil problem with free will.
Many Christians when confronted with the evil problem often say that we were given free will and this allowed us to rebel against God if we wanted to. Well given that God is omnipotent in theory he could still make us morally perfect and with free will at the same time... but that's not the point I want to make...
The point is Jesus. If Jesus is the son of God and not God himself (like some evangelical dogmas postulate) he is much like us because since we were also made by God than we are also his sons and daughters. If this is so then why could God have created a perfectly moral Jesus who couldn't or wouldn't rebel against God, BUT could not have created us in the same way?!
If we were created in the same "fashion" as Jesus we would still be living in the garden of eden.
And in this sense, do we have more free will than Jesus? how? why?
The figure of Jesus and it's traditional role in religion doesn't make any sense.
"I once prayed to god for a bike, but quickly found out he didnt work that way...so I stole a bike and prayed for his forgiveness"
"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter." (Max Planck)
"the existence of mind in some organism on some planet in the universe is surely a fact of fundamental significance. Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness. This can be no trivial detail, no minor byproduct of mindless, purposeless forces. We are truly meant to be here." Paul Davies