Just to let you guys know that I understand what you are saying about the goodness of God and I will write exactly what I believe you are saying and the response I will give to it.
You believe that since God knows all things that He is responsible for sending people to hell because He could have made it otherwise but He chose to make the situation where they went to hell. You blame God for making us with the ability to sin and the ability to spend eternity in hell.
You think it is unfair that Adam and Eve sinned and we should inherit their sinful nature. You believe that although we have a freewill and try not to shift the blame, ultimately God is to be blamed because He caused creation to happen which would result in people going to hell.
Am I correct?
The problems you bring up many Christians have often already thought about it before. We are not ignorant fools...we just dis-agree with what you are saying.
What I believe:
I'll start by quoting ND's paragraph from his blog about a dialog between the Godhead because I think it forms a good basis...
A Prelude to the Beginning.
Before this begins, we know that some of you will rebel against us and eventually we will have to banish you from our presence. However, whether you are Ang-el or Adam, you must play out your destiny in order for us to reach the goal. For we desire not to have mindless servants but dedicated and loving companions who desire to be with us and serve all through a committed and brotherly love.
We could create beings that would do our beck and call but they would not be what we desire because they would not have reached the goal through your own free will. Such companionship can only be obtained by taking a journey along the path of your own choosing. On this journey, you will always be in our presence or have the evidence of our existence. However, you have to choose your way based on faith, not by sight. We will now embark on that journey.
Are we committed?
We are committed.
Let it happen.
(Before I continue, remember to check me up in the Bible)
God made His creation knowing the end from the beginning as far as I know. His plan is to have man made in His image with His freewill. Man can choose good or evil. God made man as a "whole". All mankind is linked. Because Adam fell, we (his descendants) now have been affected with a nature of sin being his children. But we still have a conscious and are responsible for our OWN actions.
God will judge us by our own actions. God set out to save us and give mankind a second chance by dying and paying the punishment for stuffing up His world. Our evils and our pains He laid on His back. So that mankind can choose to be good once again and live in the presence of a good God. Though God foreknew some people would choose to go and rebel against His will, He still did not cause them to. He occasioned them to or allowed them to.
If God did not allow this, then love/loyalty/freewill/faithfulness in regard to man would be a myth. How can you have love/loyalty/faithfulness without the opportunity to be hateful/disloyal/unfaithful?
God knows who loves Him by who follows His commands and seeks His presence. God is goodness in Himself, He is not like us. Yes, I take this by faith...that God is good and that He will be faithful. Whether God chooses not to sin and therefore cannot sin (being omnipotent) or whether He by nature cannot sin I do not know. All I know and accept by faith is that God is good as portrayed in His Word.
Faith is evidence of things unseen. I see evidence of God's goodness and therefore believe it and continue to believe it in the future. The next glass of water I drink I have evidence that it is drinkable by the track record of knowing it is drinkable. Yet I drink with faith. (Understand my principle)
We all have faith. Atheists, theists....the difference is, some faiths have better evidence for it than others.
I obviously think Christianity is the best answer to life and I am not ashamed of it.