Why did God go ahead and create us knowing we would sin?

Monday Musings for April 08, 2019

Good morning, Musers,

Today we discuss whether Adam and Eve had any real advantages over us. Sure… they alone experienced human innocence. But my question is, what was that worth in real terms? Frankly, I don’t see any big differences between them and us… except that they were famous. Adam and Eve clocked the first moral failure… and have forever after been the poster-children for sin.

The Apostle Paul certainly got his mileage out of their fall. He presented Adam as both a type of Christ (Romans 5:13-14) and the reason we need Christ (Romans 5:12) … so, navigation here can be a little tricky. But let me ask again: are we really any different than Adam and Eve ontologically… and if so, how? Today’s questioner is playing with a few of those ideas.

I approached this question in part by talking about God’s purpose in creation. Believers and non-believers alike wonder why we are here — and that’s the most important question a person could ask! But this is where we believers must consult our catechisms and statements-of-belief… because the Bible does not answer this in direct language. Fortunately, sources like the physical creation, philosophy, natural theology and anthropology also speak to this issue.

Now, it might seem wasteful of God to create something so large and complex as the physical universe just so we humans could flourish… but he did… and this demonstrates that efficiency is not an issue with God. God is omnipotent, so he exerted zero energy when he created the universe. And, although it took billions of years before the universe could support life, all that time passed in a single moment for our transcendent God.

But we are different from God, and efficiency is indeed a concern for us… because God set up the universe to be thermodynamic… and it’s our home. But God  — who transcends the physical creation — doesn’t live here, and what this means to apologetics is that God did not behave excessively or wastefully when he created the physical universe. So, any complaints based on “flaws” in his creative algorithm are moot.

Here’s the issue: We who are stuck in linear time have figured out that our world is billions of years old. But since we can only account for about 6000 years of it through written history, all that ramping-up seems like it would be such a bother for God. But it’s not… and here, we are projecting. It would indeed be a bother for us… and I doubt that we non-infinite beings would even consider spending those kinds of resources to gain so little. So, what does that teach us?

It teaches that we are not “so little.” In fact, we are everything to God… and no cost would have been too great to accomplish his purposes for us. Remember, he sent his only Son to die and to save us — and in light of that sacrifice, we should look at the physical universe more like a stage than as an end in itself — and that’s the key to today’s answer.

God had a purpose for the physical creation — to redeem us so we could enjoy his company forever. But that purpose will seem out of balance in relation to the processes of creation and redemption until we can parse both the physical and the metaphysical worlds by the same truth. This is why I asked today’s seeker, what use would redemption be in a world without sin? … and if the answer is “none,” then what’s the universe for?

This question is causing some philosophical disquiet among atheistic scientists. You see, it’s now their consensus that the universe “began” to exist… and that which “began” to exist must have had a sufficient cause. (See the Kalam Cosmological Argument.)

Now, God’s purposes for the universe can be found in Scripture… but the scientific method only deals with the physical… and things like “purpose” are metaphysical. The point here is that science limits itself to partial data by design — but we don’t… or at least… we shouldn’t… and here’s why:

The Christian worldview makes much better sense of all the data than does a physicalist atheist’s view. Why? We have a bigger picture! Yet, there are a number of Christians who dismiss God’s physical dataset because they have a prior commitment to a wooden interpretation of the creation account.

But God’s general revelation cannot be the enemy of Scripture. So, what is it that needs adjustment for us to see both of God’s revelations as true? The physical world? The Scripture itself? Or the interpretation of Scripture? I’m thinking the last one… but my CV is weak.

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