Hello, everyone. I was wondering about this question and wanted to ask: Was sin inevitable? Also, I had thought about past Watchtower articles or publications related to this topic and did some research and found this from Our Readers Ask If Adam Was Perfect, How Was It Possible for Him to Sin?
Well, then, did God create Adam with a moral weakness, so that he lacked the ability to make sound decisions or to withstand temptation? Prior to Adam’s disobedience, Jehovah God had examined all of his earthly creation, including the first human pair, and had determined that it was “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) . . .
Additionally, I found this also from Did God Know That Adam and Eve Would Sin?
Regarding God’s creation, including the first humans on earth, the Genesis account says: “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Adam and Eve were perfectly made, ideally suited to their earthly environment. There was nothing deficient in their makeup. . .
Therefore, these articles show that the Jehovah's Witness belief is that Adam and Eve were created perfect. They were as good as God could have created them.
Also, interestingly, I found this from We Can Learn From the First Human Couple
Was Eve’s sin inevitable? By no means! Put yourself in her place. The serpent’s claim completely distorted what God and Adam had said. How would you feel if a stranger charged someone you love and trust with dishonesty? Eve should have reacted differently, showing disgust and indignation, even refusing to listen. After all, who was the serpent to question God’s righteousness and her husband’s word? Out of respect for the principle of headship, Eve should have sought advice before making any decision. So should we if we are ever presented with information contrary to God-given instructions. Yet, Eve trusted the Tempter’s words, desiring to be her own judge of what was good and what was bad. The more she toyed with the idea, the more it appealed to her. What an error she made by entertaining a wrong desire, instead of dismissing it from her mind or discussing matters with her family head!—1 Corinthians 11:3; James 1:14, 15.
But this paragraph makes the point that I was trying to make with this thread. Because as the article said: "How would you feel if a stranger charged someone you love and trust with dishonesty? Eve should have reacted differently, showing disgust and indignation, even refusing to listen." Exactly. Because I would think that the unanimous answer to the question that the article is asking its imperfect audience would be "Yes!" Therefore, how could the article go on to say that "Eve should have reacted differently"???? And yes, Eve should have reacted differently. And yes, Eve should have have sought advice before making any decision. However, with the article saying that, it is actually destroying its own logic because both Adam and Eve were as good and as perfect as God could have made them and they both should have reacted differently.
Also, according to Jehovah's Witness theology, the answer to my question of: "Was sin inevitable?" is yes because according to the Eden story, nothing could have been done differently. The results of a perfect human couple who were influenced by a serpent which was was being manipulated by a spirit entity would have always played out the same, even if God would have destroyed Adam and Eve and created a new human couple while allowing this spirit entity to try again.
But please feel free to comment, but ONLY in the context of JW theology. Because I realize that Christians who are not Jehovah's Witnesses have their own twist to this where God had foreknowledge of what was going to happen and allowed it to proceed anyway for his own glory. But I do not want to get into that in this thread. And that could be a topic for another thread at another time.