If I might comment a little here. I have learned in all deeper thoughts such as we are exhibiting here, in those thoughts are "divine" threads that are absolutely true. What is so exasperating is those thoughts are intermingled with those thoughts that are the result of our human frailty as we compare our existence to that of God. Common sense, as far as I am concerned at any rate, tells me that just cannot be done.
That is what life has been thus far, IMO, to come to the understanding that "can't" be done. We are divine, just not "that" divine. Yet. We have a way to go, and that is what life is all about; becoming more and more divine. Which is to say becoming the "humans" we were created to be.
As far as the Garden of Eden, one must understand it was written after the fact. How long after the fact will never be known. It was written based on man's very limited understanding to the very best of his ability and in such a way that would allow that understanding "to fit" in the world man was creating. Man has tests, man plays games, man desires to rule, man has wrath, man has jealousy and to assume God is of the like is divine hubris at it's worst as we equate what it is to be human at the same time. Not an easy task, but an essential one. We have an eternity to get it right.
As I have often said wisdom is to understand warmth of a sunny day, we must experience the ferocity of the storm. Some of that storm is to witness the ineptness of "our rule" as Xris indicated pointing out the poverty and hunger. There is no other way. It, IMO, had to be this way. On a side note here, is what we must be asking ourselves is how great a storm can we endure before we finally "see the light".
Here is where we get to the core of man's problem as it relates to God. As Alan mentioned in another post, "God is!", is pretty much on the mark. Where we get into trouble is adhering to the assumption that "God" created the heavens and the Earth. Now please, think about that statement. How could we possibly make such a claim? That one statement is the root of all our problems. It insinuates God to be "separate" from us. Yes, it could very well be, but we just don't know that, do we? If that were indeed true, no wonder why we would question God's motives as we experience evil.
To create something one must know the "alpha and omega" of it for it is a creation and all of it's scope is plainly visible. In that scenario, one would "blame" God for the misery in the world because He created it. IF, that were "a part" of God's plan, it would be understandable for any one to question God's motives. Myself included.
Now back to Eden for a second. Now to expound on what we "do" know, we are creations of the universe. No doubt about that. We are a part of that, whatever "that" is. In my opinion God is the heart or the core that drives that universe as it evolves, grows and expands of which has no end that we can possibly imagine. God, the universe, and us just "IS". It is all connected and we are a part of that connection. In Eden we were indeed "perfect" in our creation. Physical being was the "new thing". And what a new thing it was, too. Wow! IMO, it was not known what that entail. It was yet to be seen. We are that "core" in the "physical realm", just a very young, ignorant part "learning as we go". Wisdom, would guide our path as God, learned what it is to "be human" through us, "then" guiding our path in accordance with the laws of the universe.
Our problem is our refusal to apply any wisdom to our existence for our interpretations of God are wrong. We created God to fit our interpretations allowing us to maintain our autonomy over our fellow man instilling in God the same frailties we suffer. Not good. Not good at all.
That's what our divine being is capable of. We think we have all the answers, being divine and all. Yeah, right. Remember what I said in the beginning of this post, separating "divine thought from man's frailties". All of what we have experienced, we had no choice but to experience it. We weren't "kicked out"of the Garden of Eden, we walk of our own "free will". Life itself would be our "teacher", not only to us, but to God as well as we evolve TOGETHER acquiring "knowledge" that would guide our path as we had to learn for ourselves, being perfect and all, what was good for us and what was bad for us that would give us the wisdom to continue on, evil lessening as we go until we once again reunite with that core of which we are a part and begin to divinely work together. I promise you chaos, turmoil pain and suffering are not a part of that paradigm. We created evil, we can eliminate it.
Once we understand all are a part of the universe and begin to become "humane" as it relates to "all" other human beings will we be able to reunite with that universal "guide" that we call God, that from which we were created. Considering the arguably age of the universe as 14 billion years and we have only been around, as best we can determine about 5 thousand years, we have got a lot to learn as to what "being human" really means.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my thought. Value it as you will.