Hi Dwiltshire: Many good comments ahead of mine, so I will keep mine limited. You raise some good issues here. First, the Reasoning book statement is totally illogical. Just because God may know the future, does not mean he foreordained and planned it that way. I can lay some money out and know that if I let a criminal in the house he will get it. Does not mean that I planned it that way, but my forsight is just that I know what will happen. The choice was in the criminal's mind and heart to carry out the act. But in saying that, God must have had an idea that Satan would be effective in misleading Adam and Eve. Afterall, God did not have to 'set the money out' in the open. In other words, he could have not had the forbidden tree, and Satan would not have had anything with which to test Adam and Eve.
All this depends on what religious philosophy one believes in. Some religions say that God knows all and every detail into the future. Others, like the Society, say that Jehovah has "selective" foreknowledge. But to say that means that God would have to know what "knowledge" it was that he was not going to allow himself to know. So this cannot happen. Either God knows everything in the future or he does not know the future.
The Bible is used to suggest he knows the future. But what the Bible really argues is that God makes certain things happens, and in that sense he knows the beginning from the end. In other words, he is in control of the future with respect to hil will being done. He is in the driver seat. But, I do not believe that he actually knows the future like some kind of clarvoiant. With respect to conduct of freewil beings, I believe that God does not know, nor can he know what we will do.
Either way, God is still responsible, because he permitted wickedness. He is as responsible as if he planned wickedness. If my wife is laying asleep in the house, and I open the door and permit a rapist to come in and rape and murder her, yet I have a loaded gun and could have prevented the crime, then I am as guilty as if I raped and murdered her myself. And it is this level of complicity that disturbs me the most about God, and it is the one thing that has caused me to search more deeply into all issues, rather than just leave the JW religion.
Thanks for bringing up a good issue. - Amazing