“5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” I prefer the KJ Bible. It’s a metaphoric peripheral allegory of what God said to Eve. But the mainstream Adam and Eve story is oversimplified and extremely lacking in comparison to the further texts that exist.
And if we had no ability to be influenced toward evil then we wouldn’t have free will. See the natural man is an enemy of God and always has been. We are lower, weaker life forms than him. Many have long asked if God is all good and powerful why doesn’t he stop all evil? I will confess I quote a few lines I once heard from an associate of mine on the subject in the following statements who I feel explained it well.
I think he is able but not willing yet. The funny thing is people ask this question and think God getting rid of evil would be great; and it would right? Well if God got rid of evil why wouldn’t he start with us? Are we not evil? Do we not commit evil acts everyday? Interesting. To answer this question we really need to understand what evil is in a theological context with an all loving, omnipotent, and powerful God.
Some view evil as that it is a disorder in the right order of free will. God created creatures in the popular Christian view, or in my view, we are his literal spiritual offspring… with a free will (humans) that is properly oriented to God as the ultimate standard for good.
So when people use their free will to search for good outside of God we find the disorder of free will which is evil. I would raise the point that evil does not have a positive ontological status. That would require it to be created by God. Rather evil is a privation of right order in the design of free will. An illustration of this in physics is hot and cold. Cold is by definition the absence of heat. Cold is a privation of heat. This is a semi boethian concept of evil that has grown to be accepted by many these days.
That does not mean that cold is illusory because if we walk outside on a winter day we know how real this privation is. However, cold has no positive ontological status which would require it to be created. Just as evil is the privation of good and has no positive ontological status; which would require for it to be created. So God did not create evil but instead, he made free will that resulted in evil. So why would he create free will or not stop it? This is because God is a God of love. And for love to exist choice has to be real. He did not want robots that follow him unconsciously but he wanted people to choose to love him if they wished to grow and fulfill their divine potential.
If he stopped evil he would take away free will from creatures. If he took away free will from creature it would be impossible to love. And you are misunderstanding what it means to be omnipotent. To be omnipotent means you can only do that which is possible. God cannot make squares circles because those are mutually exclusive terms. Nor can he make a one ended stick. God can only do that which is possible. And for love to be a factor in the universe choice has to be real and that is why he doesn’t stop evil. Life is but an eternal pinprick for our own good and learning.
“But a moment” is how God once referred to the time of adversities faced by mankind. To understand this requires an eternal perspective.