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July 15, 2007 at 2:16 pm #1720
I have one question that I cannot for the life of me figure out; God is perfect, omniscient, and omnipresent, with a perfect plan for the world and for man. Why would a God with these characteristics create an imperfect being, knowing perfectly well that this being would need God to become human to save his imperfection from damnation?
A: Your question ultimately ventures among the mysteries of God which we are not permitted to view or understand. Yet it is clear from Scripture, including the story of Creation in Genesis, that God made people holy and perfect in every way. Genesis 1:27 reminds us, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Man was not imperfect in any way. However, God gave the first man a choice—a choice which Adam made sinfully and lived to regret.
The Lord totally involved Himself in Creation. He utilized all of the divine attributes you mentioned, plus many more. He included His perfect foreknowledge and His Election of the saints to eternal life, tempering His decisions with grace and mercy. We know that God created everything to glorify Himself. He also created man to be in a relationship with Himself. He intended that the history of His Creation would stretch endlessly through the years and made man to live in eternal harmony with other creatures and with their Creator.
Just as He didn’t create evil, so God didn’t create imperfection. These were perversions invented by His creatures. Just as Adam was sinless in the beginning, so also God created the creature who would later be called “Satan” and “the Devil” perfect in every way. Satan chose to rebel against God and to lead others of the heavenly host into sin. He then moved to spoil the physical creation by misleading mankind into joining his unholy rebellion.
I marvel at a God who knew that this would happen and, from all eternity, planned salvation (not only for all people, but even for me). He knew before calling anything into being that His Son would assume human flesh and frailty and would grow up only to suffer and die. God created planning to re-create; He formed man out of the dust of the earth while knowing that He would need to re-form him in the likeness of His Son.
We can never know exactly what guided God’s reasoning: “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’, declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:” (My dad would have said, “It’s none of your business.” I prefer the Lord’s way of speaking—it lets me down easier.)
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