This is a common question usually put to a Christian from Atheist circles. Obviously as Christians we do not believe God created sin, but rather sin was the direct result of our disobedience to God’s will. In other words, because of our “Free Will” we CHOSE to disobey God even though He warned us of the dangers well in advance. Once Adam and Eve made that choice, sin entered the world. Was this the first time sin occurred? No. Lucifer sinned against God first, then a third of the Angelic Host decided to follow Lucifer in his plans against God. This was however the first time sin “entered the world” meaning with Mankind’s sin the entire scope of God’s creation was affected. This includes the entire universe… EVERYTHING.
So let’s back up a minute. Why did God give us choice to begin with? Why did he have a forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden at all? Obviously God is omnipotent, which means he knows everything. He is the creator of time, which means he can see all the way to the end of it. He knew the outcome of placing that tree in the Garden, which means he knew Man would sin, which means he knew how this was all going to go down. All the way from the beginning he knew. Or did he?
Free Will is a powerful force, and many do not give it the respect it deserves. God DOES know EVERY possible outcome of EVERY possible choice you will ever make in your life. God does know all of the vast possibilities that your walk in life could produce… but that does not mean he knows which one you will inevitably choose. Let me use a simple illustration to clarify my point: Imagine a boy sitting at a table with two plates. On one plate sits an apple, on another a stack of cookies.
This boy is faced with three simple choices. One he could eat the apple. Two he could eat the cookies or Three he could choose neither apple nor cookies and walk away. Sure there are a million other choices he could make, like knocking the cookies on the floor and then run away laughing… but for the sake of this illustration let us imagine this hungry little boy WILL make one of those three choices today.
God knows all three choices AND the results that each of the choices will have on the child. He knows how this simple choice will lead to other choices and so on and so forth. Now the child’s Free Will takes over and HE makes his own choice. He eats the cookies (he was eyeballing them the whole time). God knew of the possibility but the boy still made the choice.
The same is true of us everyday of our lives. We make choices and many of those choices are sinful and harmful to our lives and the lives of others. God has given us everything we need to make the right choices, he has given us his living Word. He has given us the Holy Spirit. He has even given us a built-in moral compass to help guide us in life. What we do with all of those wonderful gifts is completely up to us. We can use them to glorify and love God, or we can ignore them and seek pleasure from the world. Free will: The greatest gift God ever gave us and the catalyst of every demented evil thought the human mind has ever conceived.
Why did God give us Free Will? Because without it, we would be mindless robots singing worship songs everyday. That is not true love and at the end of the day, this is what God wants most. To have a TRUE loving relationship with each and every one of us.
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