Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Creating a Perfect People

One of the questions skeptics ask of Christians is: “If God is all-powerful and all-knowing why didn’t He create people who couldn’t sin?” Christians usually respond by talking about free will and how love requires a choice. For true love to exist we need to choose to love.

While I believe that is true I think we should examine another answer: He is. God is creating a people who will posses the ability to love Him and free from the temptation to sin. Life is about God creating us to be the people He desires us to be.

If we go with the premise that love needs to be chosen, then if God desired creatures who, not only could He love, but also would love Him in return, then He needed to create creatures who also had the ability reject Him.

The first creatures it seems God created were the angels. These are beings who are able to live in the very presence of God (Luke 1:19), and even with their close contact with God one angel, Satan, leads a third of the angels in rebellion with God. Avoiding sin is not necessarily contingent on our closeness with God.

Then God creates people. In the first book of the Bible we read about Adam and Eve, people who walked with God every day. Again, even though they enjoyed a close relationship with God, Satan was able to convince them to rebel against God. People who experience a relationship with God at its best and they still fell into sin.

The rest of the Bible is about God’s pursuit of a people who are wholly devoted to Him. People who live, not by sight (because they have seen God), but by faith (the trust God). It is this element of faith that is essential in the creation of people who will not sin.

If people live by faith now, even though they have never sin God. If God can find people who trust and love Him now, even though they have never seen Him, how much more will they trust God when they are able to see His face?

In other words what we are experiencing right now is the necessary step that needs to be taken so we can arrive at that world in which we can have a perfect relationship with God.

This is really just me thinking “out loud” and have no idea if I made any sense, but it is a thought I chased a bit last night as I got ready for bed. The more I thought about it the more it seemed that I understood what God was doing. Hopefully you were able to follow along, but if you couldn’t just write it off as a guy that needs more sleep.


Stan said...

Interesting ideas. I'm not entirely sure I agree, but I'm equally not the least bit confident that I disagree. I do have a question, though.

Where do we get the extremely common idea that "For true love to exist we need to choose to love"?

Paul said...

I think it comes from Jesus telling us that the two greatest commands are to love God and to love people. Sure there might be reasons why we are compelled to love (God's grace, the love of the other person, our physical relationship), but the actions which of love are always the result of our choice to do them or not to do them. Love is a command because we can either chose to love or chose to be self-centered. said...

Sounds like someone has been listening to Ravi Z.'s podcast.

Thanks for the simple man's version.

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