I assume that the teacher is God, the rebellious student is Satan, the problem is 'how to run a world', and the other students are the angels and Adam & Eve. OK?
Right, but it has extended beyond only Adam and Eve. Many of their descendants have joined the rebellion also.
The first problem is that the authors fail to inform us whether his problem has more than one solution. For example, if the problem was to establish the truth of Pythagoras' theorem, there are over 300 ways of proving it, all of them equally effective - though if one were to equate a better solution as being a simpler solution, some could be considered better than others.
This is a crucial point, because it means that it's possible for both the student and the teacher to be right.
I don't see why a student expressing an opinion and suggesting an alternative solution should be characterized as 'rebellious'
Because of the next sentence you quoted. The student actually says the teacher is wrong, thereby calling the teacher a liar.
JWB, what strikes me about the JW authors' reading of Genesis is that they consistently make unfounded assumptions about the narrative in order to make Satan (and A&E) look as bad as possible. That's a good example above; the fact is that it's possible for someone to be wrong without being a liar. Likewise one can accuse someone of being wrong without implying that they're lying - after all, they may be merely mistaken.
Similarly, the authors interpret A&E's decision to eat the forbidden fruit as a claim that they totally
rebel against God and that they can run the world better than him. That interpretation isn't supported by the Genesis text. And Satan's motives in tempting Eve are also obscure; and where exactly does he claim to be able to run the world better than God?
Anyway, you asked what I thought of the authors' illustration; in my opinion it's a very poor analogy to Eden, as well as being internally illogical, and therefore rather useless as a rhetorical device.
A couple of points; you said:
In which case, the teacher should immediately ask the student to back up his claim and demonstrate the fault in the teacher's solution. Credit to the student if he can do it; if he can't, hopefully he will learn from his error. Claims of alternative solutions simply aren't relevant at this point.
But for some reason, the teacher fails respond in this fashion.
This is exactly what Jehovah has done. He has allowed the student and those that agree to demonstrate their ability to rule.
The teacher/God didn't ask the student/Satan to explain why the teacher/God was wrong. Whether or not the student/Satan can rule is irrelevant to that question.
Fine; the teacher (while failing to ask the student to back up his claim that he was wrong) allows the student to present his solutionYou are contradicting yourself. By allowing the student to present his solution he is given opportunity to back up his claim.
No, it doesn't. Providing an alternative solution doesn't prove that God was wrong.
Except, back in the real world, it doesn't work out like that, does it? In the real world, the teacher's decision to let the student present his solution permits a whole heap of hurt and suffering. Hello, Auschwitz. Hello, Spanish Inquisition. Hello, bubonic plague. Hello, psychopathic child-rapists.Yes this is very true.
Right. Therefore the teacher is responsible for all that suffering. He allows it to happen in order to win his argument with Satan.
And of course, from Satan's point of view, the world is just how he wants it to be. He loves all that torture and stuff. So what exactly is God proving by letting him rule the world? No not quite. Satan's goal is actually to succeed in proving God wrong, but despite his best efforts he has not.
For the third time, Satan can't prove God wrong by running the world in an alternative fashion.
Right. So God is responsible for our hellish world. He is responsible for our suffering. He could make it stop any time he likes, yet it lets it go on and on and on... The authors address the question:He has allowed men to provide their own rulers which is their desire.
Would you let infants play with matches merely because it was their desire? In order to teach them a lesson when they end up with third-degree burns?
That wouldn't be good teaching, would it? But that's what God did.
Despite his best efforts prophecy continues to be fulfilled and he is filled with anger. Prophetically this anger has been demonstrated beginning with two World Wars and the plagues that accompanied them. And it has all been in a effort to stamp out the worship of God.
What is Satan angry about? God gave him the world to play with, and he's playing with it. And he's having a lot of fun, inciting war and famine and disease, because he loves all that stuff.
Both of those wars were among Christian nations, with brothers and sisters killing each other in fulfillment of prophecy. Christendom is still reeling from the effects of these wars.
The last seventy years have been the most peaceful in the history of mankind. I appreciate that that fact doesn't fit your doomsday scenario, but it's still true.