Question:

So, God controls everything that will ultimately happen, but not the choices we make in order to get to that final event, correct? I'm almost positive that that's what all of those articles were pointing to. So then, does that mean that He meant for humans to ultimately be sentenced to live in a world of sin? I mean, I know that humans made that choice, to pick the apple from the tree, but didn't He ultimately control the type of world that existed? So in which case, if He meant for the world to be filled with sin, then that just brings me back to my original question of why create humans in the first place, if more than half the time, we're only doing things against His will?


Answer:

"He set another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel weeds also among the wheat, and went away. But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the darnel weeds appeared also. The servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where did this darnel come from?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest perhaps while you gather up the darnel weeds, you root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest time I will tell the reapers, "First, gather up the darnel weeds, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn."'" (Matthew 13:24-30).

You are so focused on the evil choices people make that you forget that there are also people who choose the good.

God wanted people to serve Him of their own free will. He could have made it so that people had no choice, but to follow a predetermined script. God did do that with the animals. They follow their instinct. For any given situation, their choices are already made. But then people would not be like God -- we would not truly be children of God. "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).

Freedom to choose does not exist unless there is a choice to be made. Thus, God created a large garden. "And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" (Genesis 2:9). God made a law saying that man could eat of any tree in the garden but one tree -- the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. There would be no need to eat of the tree, there was plenty of alternatives available. You would have to pass the alternatives just to get to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So choice existed with no incentives to make the wrong choice.

Yet, once choice exists, it is not hard to predict that someone will make the wrong choice. God, before the world began, made provisions for handling the situation of people making the wrong choice. He wanted people who freely chose to do right so much that He was willing to sacrifice His own Son for the many who would make bad choices. You wish to blame God for the fact that choice existed and that as a person you have freedom of choice.

The parable of the wheat and tares explains why God doesn't doesn't immediately remove the bad as soon as it appears. Darnel (tares) is a weed that looks almost exactly like wheat when it is young. It is not until the seeds form that you realize that darnel is not a wheat plant. Though the farmer knew that darnel was sowed in with his wheat, he told the servants to leave it alone because if they tried to remove the bad, they would lose some of the good.

Is God sentencing people such that He is purposely loosing most to sin? "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). Or has He designed life that will bring the maximum number of people to righteousness, few though they be?

Perhaps one more illustration will help. Those who apply for jobs have run into these psychological exams which are supposed to tell who will make a good or bad employee. They might weed out many of the really bad ones, but everyone knows that they also remove some of the possibly good employees also. Employers are willing to put up with the lose because they don't want to deal with bad employees. God is the opposite. He doesn't want to lose any possibly good person, so He willing to put up with the bad so that all the possible good will shine through.