God created man for a loving relationship; a loving relationship must be a free-relationship. We should be thankful that God’s fore-knowledge of man’s transgression did not cause God to restrict His created purpose for mankind.
The Bible never depicts God as a divine-brain; therefore His omniscience is only one characteristic of His being, love on the other hand is a self-identity that God allows. The “Heart” as outlined throughout the Bible is God’s central consideration. As we know the “fall of man” is not the end of the story as there is also the “salvation of man” as well. The fall of man allows the salvation of man.
The fall centers on faith transgressed:
Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
And the serpent says:
Genesis 3:4 …unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat
Eve placed her faith in the word of the serpent rather than the word of God.
Salvation centers on faith’s apprehension of grace:
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed
Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
Jesus’s view of the “heart” in Matthew:
5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Love and faith inhabit the heart:
Romans 10:9,10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation
Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith