Yes, well, they both knew and intended to disobey God by eating of the tree he told them not to eat from. So... free will.
Surely you've dealt with children and infants (which also are considered not possessing developed morality and decision-making skills)? That's exactly WHY children are not held to the same legal standard as adults: we KNOW they don't consider the consequences of their actions.
God created them as lacking in Wisdom.
How do we know? The fruit had to be tempting to eat, and the account says Eve saw that it was "desirable to give them wisdom"! Heck, that was in THE NAME OF THE TREE, a name given by God!!
Genesis 3:6 tells us EXACTLY why Eve wanted to eat the fruit: it looked good to eat (nutritious and delicious), it was pleasing to the eye, AND it looked desirable to impair WISDOM.
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
"Eat... and die."
"Eat... and i will kill you."
Death was a consequence.
I don't suppose you work for the Mafia, do you?
Because they use a similar approach: "it would be very good for you if you do as we say, so as to avoid bad things happening to you and yourz family. That's a nice-looking daughter you've got there: it would be a SHAME if she had an accident...."
Sorry, Tams, but God had the power to kick them out of the Garden, station those cherubs on the tree of life, and position that fiery spinning sword to make sure "accidents" DID happen. He CURSED them: that's a pretty damning statement of His Divine Judgment. Don't weaken the threat element in an attempt to make it more palatable to you: you're tampering with God's message, if you do. It's original and current meaning is undeniable, and you are not empowered to re-write God's words.
(And the story raises the disturbing question of why He didn't use the sword-yielding cherubs to guard the Wisdom Fruit BEFORE they ate from it? It clearly WAS an option....
I know: it didn't fit the role of allegorical story that needed to offer an explanation of why Hebrews needed to follow Torahic Laws to the tee, which was the REAL reason of the Adam and Eve story. It's like when you go to traffic school: you know the class will begin with gruesome pictures of what happens when people speed: same idea.... Get their attention at the start, like the Bible does with Adam and Eve.)
So they had free will. We are in agreement upon this point.
Yeah, the size of man's free-will domain is completely up to God: He decides which actions He will allow man to exercise free will over. Man doesn't.
You are saying that they did not have the wisdom to use their free will wisely?
That's EXACTLY what the story implies.
Mankind has kinda shown what sort of track record he has of using that wisdom to show love for one another... over serving one's self. So eating from that tree didn't exactly teach them how to use their free will responsibly, so this theory makes no sense to me.
Remember they were hoodwinked into it by the CLEVER (Hebrew word arum: translated as clever, prudent, even wise, in various other occurances or the word in the OT).
"Clever" serpent vs "foolish" Eve: does that sound like a fair match, and one where the entire human family is made to suffer?