So here’s the free will question — was The Fall inevitable?
That is to say, is there an alternate path where Adam and Eve obeyed God’s command, and lived eternally in Eden? Or is it simply that within an eternity of experience in Eden, eventually Eve (or Adam) will make the choice to eat the forbidden fruit?
Now, I’m of the opinion that we can’t take the tale of the Garden of Eden literally — it’s a morality tale, not an assertion of a literal Heaven on Earth that could have continued to exist eternally if only people had made different choices. But that brings us to the next question — was The Fall a good thing?
One could argue that Adam and Eve’s fall is what has led to the whole expanse of humanity about the globe, including all the pain and suffering, but also the love and transcendance. From a purely selfish point of view, where I’m glad I exist, I would say that The Fall was good. Perhaps if my life was so incredibly terrible I would prefer non-existence, I’d have a different opinion. But more than that, it seems that one can assert that Heaven cannot be chosen if we have no choice of sin, and that gift of free will is so intrinsic to what it means to be a human, that if you do regret The Fall, you’re regretting the existence of humanity as a whole.