This is not true. Freedom to do otherwise does not CAUSE evil. If so, Jesus would have sinned, for He had freedom to do otherwise. Using your logic, Jesus' sinlessness arose from His freewill.
Item 2, that our freedom to do otherwise causes us to sin, is a false premise. Therefore you conclusion is false.
The failure of item 2 was what my argument was intended to show. Remember, item 2 was a direct quote from Jayshel's post, it was his defense for why evil exists, not mine. I was taking his argument and showing that free will does not justify the existence of evil since according to christianity, humans with free will can exist eternally without ever making a evil choice. If god can create anything that is logically possible, and a 'have free will but never choose evil' human is logically possible, there's no reason to not simply start out with a 'have free will but never choose evil' human.
1. Yes, I believe infans go to heaven, because God does not hold people accountable for what they do not know. For example, God says that children do not have the "knowledge of good and evil" (Deut. 1:39) and are not accountable.
The bolded portion opens up the defense that adam and eve didn't have knowledge of good and evil until after they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In which case god should not have held them accountable for their actions. If they did have knowledge of good and evil then the bible is wrong in stating that after, not before eating, they knew good and evil."And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil..."
Are you assuming that they will remain infants? If so, I think you would be wrong. Infants will grow spiritually in knowledge and awareness just as they would here on earth. You grow in knowledge here on earth which is not a physical process. And infants will have freedoom to choose in heaven and will be accountable when they become aware of the knowledge of good and evil.. Reference my first post on this
The problem is how is god able to guarantee that infant souls don't sin and get kicked out of heaven. If all infant souls in heaven grow up to freely choose to love god and never sin then there's a problem with why god is incapable of producing humans on earth that grew up to freely choose to love god and never sin. If some infant souls grow up and get kicked out, then there a big misconception among many christians regarding whether being in heaven is a permanent state.
Must you murder someone to know that murder is wrong?
No, you simply need to have the capacity to understand the consequences of murder to determine it's wrong. Please remember that the portion of my post you are responding to was directed at Jayshel's claim that first-hand experience of evil is necessary to produce a human that won't choose evil.
I, for one, do not think evil has to exist, but evil is the unavoidable consequence of freedom.
Evil can't be a unavoidable
consequence of freedom if you believe that freedom can exist without evil in heaven. Remember, you specifically rejected Jayshel's position that "Evil arises from our free will as human beings".
Miles, you can create a computer program with built in memories and experiences. Can it choose to love you? No. I don't know why you can't see that love must be freely given? If you are married, do you value your wife's love because she is programmed or because she is free to love another?
Why would building in memories and experience have any impact on free will? To be clear I'm defining free will as simply the ability to choose. If I implanted a experience of having your face licked by a puppy or the pain from putting your hand on a hot stove, why would that have any impact on your capacity to make choices?
Secondly, the ability to choose to love someone does not have any apparent connection to the actions and events that people refer to as 'evil'.
If I (or god) physically restrained you whenever you tried to murder someone, would that mean you don't have the ability to choose to love god? If I (or god) intervened to cause kidnapping plots to fail, does that mean that kidnappers would lose the ability to choose who they love? If I (or god) cured all cancer, would that eliminate freedom? If god does not want these things to occur and you are still able to freely choose to love even if these things were impossible, why do they occur?