Since the 16th Century and the radical changes that took place during the Reformation, the church has debated the apparent conflict between the perfect, sovereign will of God and the free will and responsibility of man. The argument continues unabated today. There seems to be no easy solution to the apparent conflict, although there have been several attempts through the centuries
Many people will argue that God gave man the gift of free will in the Garden of Eden. A close study of the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve may indicate a more sinister source.