LukeVance,Yes! What if you tell your son and he doesn't want to listen to you? What if you send your son's friend to help him realize that the room is filled with poison? Would you still be criminally liable?
Hypothetical, Should I let my son walk through a door to room filled with poisonous gas?
This kid he does not know tells him at school is poisonous gas in the master bedroom of our house. My son says I don't believe you .(meanwhile I have filled the master bedroom with a deadly instant toxin) Now my son gets home he walks up to me and tells me the story about the Toxic gas I just stare at him and say nothing. He says that he thinks it is a rediculous story and proceeds to the door. I know it is true, I set it up, I know there is no evidence that a danger exists and I refuse to tell him. He walks into the room and dies. Did my son have enough information to make an informed decision was he able to exercise free will?
Of course he did, some kid at school told him an unlikely story, I did not confirm or deny it. He should have known that the toxin was present.
in my hypothetical situation wouldn't I be criminally liable for not intervening on my sons incorrect belief?
excellent point Lukevance. But I must clarify something. A friend might have carried more weight. In my scenario, but alas my son had absolutely no reason to believe the preposterous story told by the stranger from his school. In fact the very nature of their relationship was in keeping with silly jokes play on each other, further reducing the weight of the story.
Now as for what should I do before allowing my kid to walk into a room full of Poison GAS
Well we can all agree that sending a less than credible source to warn him was hit or miss at best. So now I am the last line of defense before my son dies a horrible/easily preventable/ senseless death.
My son is bound and determined to enter the room because he does not believe, well I will do everything in my power to prevent his entering the room. First I will corroberate the story of the kid in school, I will tell him I saw this kid and told him to pass the warning on to you. I will tell him that the story is indeed true. If he continues to try to enter the room I would physically get in his way and do anything including beating him away from the door. If he overpowers me the fact that I would have locked the door to prevent egress will be my last defense. After that I would have exhausted my human capabilities.
Now back to god, the "Lack of faith" room that he built and fostered by remaining mostly invisible, the toxic gas that kills you is the punishment that he created. If God were even as nice as this sinner (Me), he would do far more to prevent someone from going into the hell he created.
Being visible, Current, relevant, believable to someone about to Die a horrible death. Personal visits, healing amputees, semi-regular current documented miracles, or simply making me truely believe by what ever means are at his disposal to prevent my eternal damnation.
Free will is not interfered with by giving, proof, truth and relevant facts.