If God knew people would sin, why did He make them?

Posted: February 15, 2008 in Theology and Doctrine
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Taken from CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS & RESEARCH MINISTRY

This is a simple question and we are tempted to answer it simply by saying, “Why not? Why shouldn’t God make people if He knows they are going to sin?” But, such an answer isn’t very satisfying. We could always say we don’t know why God would do this since He is infinite and we are not and His ways are not our ways. But this answer also leaves us a bit empty. So, let’s see if we can answer the question by analogy.
When parents have children they know that their kids will eventually act in sinful and even harmful ways. Yet, that doesn’t stop them from having children. Why? First of all, it is worth the risk of their rebellion to bring them into the world. Second, the nature of love is to give and by having children the parents can better express their love. Third, just because the children will sin and rebel doesn’t mean they shouldn’t exist. Fourth, children have their own wills and can freely choose to rebel. Knowing this parents all over the world still have children. As you can see, analogies help us to make sense of thing, but they can’t answer every question. That is why we must go to God’s word for more insight.
The Bible tells us that God is love and that He sacrificed His Son on our behalf. The greatest act of love is to sacrifice one’s own life for another (
John 15:13). In a very real sense, God has performed the greatest act of love in sacrificing Himself (Remember, Jesus is God in flesh – John 1:1,14). Since God is love and love sacrifices, God has now manifested the greatest love by dying for us. In this, God is glorified. But, without sin in the world, there would be no way to demonstrate the greatest act of love — which is self sacrifice. So, perhaps God allowed sin in the world so that He could demonstrate the greatest act of love.
Furthermore, in this self sacrifice God demonstrates the perfection of His holiness, the sinfulness of sin, the proof of God’s righteousness, the victory over the evil one, and the guarantee of the saved with whom He can shed His love and glory forever. In this, God is glorified.
We could come up with a variety of possible reasons why God made people knowing they would sin and we probably can never fully answer it. But, knowing that they would sin is no reason that God shouldn’t make them, especially if His plan includes the acts of sinners so that others would be redeemed.

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Why does God allow evil?

Why does God allow evil? – Part 2

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Comments
  1. Yeah, i think so. For many years, i had expected an answer like this, because there are so many answer “why not?” like what you said. Some people just like to not take it seriously, and some other having the save answer by saying “why not?”.

  2. acynth1216 says:

    I think a lot of analogies can be made parents to children and God to man… The analogy brings things down to our level, so we can get a grasp of possible reasons for God creating us knowing that we would be sinful…It’s a question I’ve even asked
    Thanks for your post 🙂

  3. Alan Higgins says:

    Thanks for stopping by Victor and acynth1216. We will never understand fully but as stated, the parent/child analogy definitely breaks it down a bit. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Do visit again

    Alan

  4. B says:

    Hey, there, Alan, I don’t know you but I appreciate several of your links and blogs. I linked her from a wordpress-generated link.

    As far as I can tell, the parent-child to God-man analogy falls apart at the level of sovereignty and wisdom. Human parents simply don’t have the sovereignty or the wisdom that God does. Instead of leaning, then, on an unwise analogy (as it were), we should go to God’s own Word first for the answer.

    For years, Romans 9:22-24 has seemed to be the best answer for me. “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?”

    According to Paul, God’s creation of and patience with vessels of wrath pre-pared for destruction is for the expressed purpose of displaying the riches of His own glory to the vessels of mercy. It is much as Isaiah closes in ch. 66, with God’s people looking down on those in hell in horror and awe. God’s judgment is meant to magnify His mercy.

    Maybe you alluded to what I’m saying, but the answer above seemed a little too simplistic. Man truly has no free will – God is the only truly “free” being in the universe. Man’s choices are always limited by God, and since the fall all of man’s choices are limited to sin unless God frees his heart. And which hearts God frees is freely up to Him, for the magnification of His mercy.

  5. Alan Higgins says:

    Thanks B. I know the analogy does fall short but I was trying to give some understanding (especially to non believers) of why God allowed it. However, your scripture is correct and I am admittedly still trying to get my head around predestination and free will.

    Thanks again for your input

  6. B says:

    Sounds like you’re humbly looking for the answers, then, as I need to be as well – and we praise God alone for all of that.

    Thanks for the reply.

  7. Mstaarabu says:

    God is not real,if it was real it couldn’t have made Satan.

    Satan and God are man made. Allah says this,Yehovah say that what does your god say?

    I have none. LoL.!

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