“Do you think God is omniscient? If so, WHY WOULD GOD CREATE HUMANS KNOWING WE WOULD SIN AND REBEL AND ALL THIS SUFFERING WOULD RESULT?
Orginally this was sent in as:
(A question that was asked to a friend of mine): “Do you think God is omniscient? If so, WHY WOULD GOD CREATE HUMANS KNOWING WE WOULD SIN AND REBEL AND ALL THIS SUFFERING WOULD RESULT? Would we build a ship and then send it on a maiden voyage if we knew it would sink? Or build an airplane we knew would crash? Is this what God did?”
This is a question that is often considered one that falls into the category of “mystery”, something only God knows and we cannot. I’m not sure about that given what the Bible reveals to us. It is also a question often presented by skeptics, athiests or those bitter with God, to trip up unsuspecting and typically Biblically illiterate Christians.
First, the ship and plane analogies are straw men (distracting irrelevant arguments). We don’t have relationships with ships and planes. God most certainly could have built a “perfect human” who would never sin and always “love” Him… but it would be an artificial, forced, robotic love if this “perfect human” had no choice but to love God.
Again, it goes back to the very most basic and foundational aspect of why God created us in the first place: so He could love us, and we could choose to love Him thus creating a genuine love relationship. (I already lost the Calvinists, but even if you hold to Calvinism, I hope you’ll still read the rest of my answer).
The existence of evil and sin, and all that it entails and has caused, revolves around the issue of FREE WILL AND CHOICE, without which there can be no true love, or true relationship. God created a perfect world, with perfect humans so that He could enjoy a perfect relationship with them, because above all, God is about relationships and love.
“I AM. I love. I am a real and personal God. I want relationships, someone to love, and someone to authentically love me back. When I create this perfect being whom I can love, I will give him free will so that when He chooses to love Me, it will be genuine. And I can love him, bless him, care for him and show my love in return for I AM LOVE. And he will love me, worship me and be my child. He will love me as his Father, and I love him as My child.But I know that with a free choice to love, not only comes authentic relationship, but the inevitable time when one of them will choose to not love me first, but choose their own way first. At that point my creation will be tainted, and will no longer be perfect. Nothing less than perfection can ever exist in My Presence. I know that no human can attain perfection in that ruined creation, so I will have to go down to them, become one of them, live a perfect life, and then when I have earned eternal life by my perfection, I will suffer their penalty for them, and then I can JUSTLY restore their relationship to me while retaining my perfect Justice and Holiness.I cannot create robots who cannot choose themselves over Me, because that’s not true love. Knowing what will occur, I have a plan already in place even before the first day of Creation, and in the end, even with free will, everyone who chooses to love Me, even though cursed with sin, I can rightly and justly forgive them and allow them in my presence for all eternity…. and have the true, authentic love and relationship that was the point to begin with.”