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Why Would God Create The World Knowing What Would Happen?

The bible declares that:

  • God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10)

  • God created man (Genesis 1:27)

  • Man willfully sinned against God, causing a curse to fall on all mankind (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12)

  • This curse would have eternal implications which would result in the damnation of a majority of mankind (Matthew 7:13; Revelation 21:8)

 

So the question then follows:

“Why would God create mankind knowing that most people would go to hell?”

 

It’s a good question.  It’s a thought provoking question.  One may be tempted to conclude that either God didn’t really know what would happen, or He did know what would happen which means that He couldn’t be all that good.  However, the way the question is posed has an implication that either the purpose of God’s decision to create, or the origin of God’s goodness is rooted in the eternal happiness of man.  But is that really the reason God decided to create everything in the universe?  Is mankind’s eternal well-being the ultimate indicator of God’s goodness?

 

What does the bible say about WHY God created the universe?

  • All things were created by him and for him (Colossians 1:16)

  • The heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1)

  • God’s invisible qualities, eternal power and divine nature are seen through creation (Romans 1:20)

  • God desires to display His glory among the nations (Ezekiel 39:21; Romans 9:17)

  • Unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly (Romans 3:5)

When you read what the bible says about God’s reasons for creating the world as we know it, you get a different picture with God in the center – not man.  God created the universe and everything in it (including sinful people who will go to hell) in order to show His glory.  What is His “glory”?

 

God’s glory is when His nature and attributes go on display.

God is holy, righteous, just, loving, etc… the list goes on.  He is all of those things all by Himself without having to create anything.  However, God would not be glorified in all of those things unless they were put on display; and they could not be put on display unless they were exercised; and they could not be exercised unless He created a world in which He could exercise them.

So, why did God create the world knowing what would happen?  He created the world knowing what would happen because the world-as-we-know-it is the only one in which the fullness of God’s glory could be put on display.

 

For Example:

  • God is powerful – this is displayed in His creation of the vast universe

  • God is personal (desires fellowship) – this is displayed in His creation of mankind

  • God is loving  – this is displayed in His decision to create man with the ability to freely choose to love Him back

  • God is righteous – this is displayed in His giving of the law, and the God given moral barometer we all have (called our conscience)

  • God is just – this is displayed in His judgment of those who break the law

and the list goes on with all of God’s attributes…

Everything God does is within the framework of His character.  His decision to create the world in which we live was to display His character.  We only understand “goodness” in contrast to that which is evil.  In order for God’s goodness to be a reality, he had to create a being capable of evil.  If evil, or the potential for evil, did not exist, then God’s goodness would be more like an idea.  Therefore God made Adam – who was originally morally perfect, but had the potential of committing an act of evil.  God’s justice is made a reality when there are real consequences for committing evil acts.  His holiness is seen in the severity of the consequences.  His love is seen in the redemption of those who deserve the consequences.

 

In conclusion, when asking why God would do anything He does, understand that He has reasons that transcend our understanding.  He is not subject to our judgement.  Everything He does is within the framework of His nature, and His nature is good – whether we understand it or not.

Reflect on the following passage:

One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

 What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?  What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

 – Romans 9:19-24

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