The question was raised:
“If god were real (still no evidence of that) why would he put them in that situation knowing they would fail?
(Referring to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and God choosing to put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil with them).
Here is my response:
Why do we raise children knowing they will disobey us and fail us at times? We continue to do so out of love for our children. Why did God put Adam and Eve into that situation? Because unless a choice is offered, there cannot be any limited* will of humanity. If only good choices were present, then we would not have the power of choice, we would be robots following all the right orders. God didn’t want robots, but children after His own heart.
Why? Because He created us in His image1, and because of His great love for us2, which is shown at the cross when He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us, in our place, to save us from God’s Just, Holy, Good, and Perfect wrath on sin3 (for the wages of sin is death4) because God is perfectly Good5 and Just, and cannot allow injustice to go unpunished, that is why at the end of everyone’s life, everyone will be judged for their deeds, good and bad6. If you repented, turned to God in faith of Jesus Christ in actual wholehearted belief7, you will be saved from God’s Holy, Good, and Just wrath on sin8 (Why Jesus? Because God loves His creation, humanity, even though they rebel against Him, and does not wish any to perish but for all to come to repentance9). If you refuse to believe you are judged for your sin (which everyone, including Christians are guilty of) and will be permanently separated from God not because a Good God cannot tolerate sin in His presence (as Jesus’ ministry was to seek and save lost sinners10) but because you chose to live your whole life not wanting God, and now you get the punishment you (and everyone, including Christians) deserve4, plus you ultimately get what you wanted in the end — to have nothing to do with God — so you get cast away from God forever11. Again, God loves humanity, He sent His Son Jesus to die in our place! God does not want this for us, but we (everyone) are stubborn and foolish and choose this path anyway12. It is by nature and by choice we rebel against Him (commit sin)13. Jesus stated in John 3:17 that He didn’t come to condemn the world, but that the world was already condemned because it didn’t believe in God, meaning that, the blood is on our own hands. We have no excuse on why we couldn’t repent and turn to God, and yes that counts for those who may never hear the Gospel preached in their lives because as Romans 1:20 says “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”.
Why do we constantly preach the Gospel to all people? Because there is no way you can both know this information and never speak it to people, and call it “loving”. It is not loving, but rather hateful and showing evil to other people to withhold the very information that can save their lives, just as it is hateful and evil to not warn a blind man on train tracks with a train fast approaching that is not allowed to use it’s horn in that city. Yes, that’s oddly specific for a analogy because just like that example, all are blind to sin’s damming power in their lives until God reveals it to them14. Everyone is blind to it, I was blind to it until God opened my eyes to it, just like every true believer out there. This is not a game, or a fun thing we like to do on the weekends, the Gospel is the most important and most relevant thing ever in everyone’s life. What do you choose? Life in Christ, or death apart from God? Choose this day as no one is promised tomorrow! And I don’t wish that any are “too late” to repent and turn to God because they decided to put it off until tomorrow!
* = I say “limited will” here because we do not have total free will, only God has free will to where He can will anything to happen. Humanity has limited will in that we can make choices, good or bad, but we cannot ultimately do whatever we will such as fly, have superpowers, grow 10 feet tall, etc…
1 (Genesis 1:27), 2 (Romans 5:8), 3 (John 3:16-17), 4 (Romans 3:23), 5 (Mark 10:18), 6 (2 Thessalonians 1:6, John 12:48, Hebrews 10:30, Revelation 15:3; Acts 10:42, 1 Peter 4-6), 7 (Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Romans 5:8-10; Romans 10:9, 2 Timothy 2:19, Revelation 21:27), 8 (John 3:36, Romans 1:18, Romans 2:5, Ephesians 5:6, Revelation 14:10-11), 9 (Isaiah 30:18, Ezekiel 33:11, 2 Peter 3:9), 10 (Mark 2:17, Luke 19:10), 11 (Luke 13:23-28, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 21:27), 12 (2 Kings 17:14, Isaiah 65:2, Jeremiah 7:24, John 3:19, Romans 10:21, 1 Corinthians 2:14), 13 (Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:3), 14 (John 14:16-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 2:14)
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