It's the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the ability to know the difference instead of living in God's design if you like .. they chose to want to know what this all was, we are, by the very nature of our being, sinful ..
As for the "it was God's will" comment - my concept is that God acts much like a school governor - He knows what's going on, and has a strategic overview (ie He has a plan for the overall direction of life, the universe and everything, but leaves the day to day running to the Head (Science), Bursar (Earth - natural resources) and staff (our bodies)). Like many of our students, we don't know why our bodies, the earth or science do various things, and very sadly, sometimes they do things which are horrific as in your case. I would not say that this is God's will.
I also think that it's not true that "God will never give you more than you can handle" - I think that challenges will befall all of us, some challenges much worse than others. I think that God knows what challenges lie ahead of us and tries to provide a route for support through those difficulties. I see from your sig a couple of groups which have probably provided you with some support through the past year - my viewpoint would be that God's will was to make this support available and that in the future, your family will be able to support others through the lowest points of their lives.
I hope that I won't be added to the list of punchees, and will continue to hold your family in my prayers.
Still, we as a family have become a lot stronger and I'm sure we'll be helping each other through various 'moments' for the rest of our lives.
@soveryapt - Nope you're not on my list! LOL
The support groups we're create by myself and my wife along with some friends of our who we had met through another group. There are around 250 members between the 2 groups and sadly this is increasing on a weekly basis.
* everybodies moral compass is different, anyway.
From that, I believe that God wants us to work for our knowledge, to develop ourselves, not to be handed everything - yes, I know this is just good morals, but I'm not saying that it's specific to Christians. And that, by free will, we can choose whether to do the work, or not.
A couple of things I'd like to say. I believe that science and faith go hand in hand. I think that God is the who, the what, and the why. And science is the how it all fits together.
Anyhow, my first comment would be for those saying that it's not free-will as God already knows the outcome. God does not see time like we see time. He is not sat at the end of the 'time string' watching back on us, but rather sees time from a totally different viewpoint to us where he can see past, present and future, all of the time. An American pastor called Chuck Missler explains this well. I'm sorry, I'm not the best at getting my views across.
Secondly, evolution. I thought (and excuse my ignorance here, I'm really not up on things) that DNA (EDIT) was found to be a digital code, not an analogue code? And if so, doesn't this disprove evolution? With an analogue code things can adjust gently over time, but surely with digital code one minute we would have a second nose, and then all of a sudden we don't?
Can we clear up the free will thing? I know what my wife will do before she does it in certain situations, that doesn't mean I have removed her free will to do it.
I'm also of the viewpoint that the Bible (OT especially) is very poetic, and should not be read literally in a lot of places - for example, did Adam and Eve really bite from the forbidden fruit, or was this just a way to get the situation down on paper that could be easily understood?
X-13 is arguing one cannot have free will if God has planned our actions (although the earlier analogy of having a basic plan could be applied, the question still stands, is it truly 'free will' if there's a fixed goal, however general? Or is it just 'sorta-kinda-you're-allowed/able-to-do-only-certain-things-so-long-as-the-outcome-is-the-same'? Because that's how it reads to me)
I personally am arguing the Devil - if the Bible is to be believed - gave us the ability to chose our own actions and think for ourselves. Something, it seems, God had not intended for us.