tammy, i am not implying the absolutely begged for mercy. but i find it very likely they did, which i said. if i was dying slowly and knew i had brought that upon my kids, i would beg for mercy.. i think anyone would. im not saying they did, but i can duly ask you if you would where you in adam and eves place?.
Also, i dont think you are adressing the meat of my post, this:
What they did was not to any burden of God (who is all-powerfull, no house was being ruined he could no rebuild by snapping his fingers), and your example is more accurate if you had vital life-supporting medicine your children needed or they would die, and you desided that after you had chased them out of the house you would not send them the life-supporting medicine by mail: only a terrible human would do such a thing and there is no way to justify that without changing the underlying story.
you can argue (again) the illustration fail, but then lets return to the biblical story: God did not forgive what we would have forgived trivially. He got angry, chased them off to their death, and inflicted suffering on them he could trivially have prevented while he slowly watched them die over 700 years. Thats a hell of an anger management issue right there!
I watched my grandmom die from old age and it was not a nice thing to behold. she did suffer very badly, as do most who age. if that kind of suffering was brought upon another human on purpose i would think it was torture.
Now you say that they didn't do any harm to God or his house. That isn't really true. They brought death into His house.
they made death? who died? why? in the bible, it just sound like they got to know good and evil. Did they not know about death before they ate teh fruit? in that case, it would not seem they made an enlightened choice.
perhaps you could explain exactly what you believe physically changed, between them not eaing the apple and after.
I would guess that if they made the choice once and had learned nothing from their wrongdoing, then they would make that choice again.
thats a very odd thing to guess -- you mean God would not be able to teach them it was wrong? why did he not even try? (thats what i would have done) did the snake have no part in causing them to perform their crime?
I did not call God a fool for trusting anyone. i called him a fool for not forgiven such a trivial crime, and a fool for letting the snake walk around. he is an awfull role model as a parent, and i will note he has a poor record of keeping his children alive.