IF GOD KNEW, WHY DID HE CREATE?
Recently, in a doctor’s office, I engaged an elderly gentleman in conversation. He asked what line of work I was in. I told him I was a pastor. He said he would like to ask me a question and wanted to know if it would be ok. I assured him it was. He said, “What is this all about? If God knows everything, He knew all the evil that people would do. If that is true, why create in the first place?” I assured him that his was a common question, and since God knew everything that was going to happen, He must have anticipated his question also.
I asked him, “Do you have children of your own?” He said he had two sons and a daughter. I said, “Would you prefer they have free will, or be programmed as robots? Also, why do you think couples would plan to have children when they know these children will have trouble throughout life, get sick and ultimately die? In addition, every parent knows their child will sin and do wrong, bringing grief to others and to themselves? Why would they go ahead, in the face of these facts, and have children? Yet, with free will, the parents are not responsible for the choices of the children” He did not answer the question.
“The answer”, I said, “is, they want offspring they can love and provide for. The only thing parents expect in return is love and a life of gratitude that does not shame their family name. This is also why God created Man. God did not cause any of the grief or misery in this world. He created us with a free will and we did the rest. He knew we would sin; but in spite of that, knowledge does not remove free will. God has expressed His love to us a thousand ways, the greatest being the incarnation and crucifixion.” The gentleman had no answers or questions.
God will never give us the answer to all our questions, but enough has been given to render every man without excuse. You can know all you need to know to settle the sin question and the purpose question. The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.