We serve an all-knowing, all-powerful God. In other words we serve a sovereign God. If God is sovereign, why would He choose to create us knowing we would sin against Him? This is a question that theologians have been trying to answer for millennia. It makes us question the sovereignty of God. We begin to believe the lie that God made a mistake, didn’t know we would sin, and is not really in control. While many people take this approach, I want to approach the question from a different angle. I am going to answer this question with a question, not so that we may undervalue God, but that we may comprehend His love for us all the more as we gain a deeper appreciation for Him.
When people ask the question “If God is sovereign, why would He choose to create us knowing we would sin against Him?” they are really saying: “God is all-knowing and all-powerful, yet He still created man knowing they would sin. Why would God create something He knew would betray Him? If He is in control of everything, He shouldn’t have let man sin. He isn’t sovereign because if He was, He wouldn’t have made the mistake of creating a people that would sin against Him.” I understand how someone could believe these things, but when we approach this question with this type of thinking, we aren’t seeing God for who He is. This is because we allow our uncertainty produce doubts. As Christians, we try to put God in a box, and rather than developing faith through resting in uncertainty, we develop doubt through unrest in uncertainty. In our finite minds, we will never fully understand an infinite God. When you don’t understand God, don’t allow the unknown frustrate you; let it remind you that you serve a God who is much bigger than you are.
So the question still stands: If God is sovereign, why would He choose to create us knowing we would sin against Him? My response is this: Doesn’t it reveal the magnitude of God’s love for us all the more? Think about it. God knew we would sin, yet still created us. He knew He would have to send His only son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins we choose to commit. Even though God knew all of this, He still created us. This is a love we can’t comprehend, a love that far surpasses our finite understanding. If God created us in ignorance, He wouldn’t be a God worth serving. He would be flawed and imperfect, just like us. God was not ignorant to our sin; He was committed to us in spite of our sin. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
Now imagine you are about to be a parent. Your child will be born in a couple weeks and you will soon see your child face to face. Now imagine that your child, at the age of two, will decide to betray you for the rest of their life. They are committed to betraying you, hurting you, and rebelling against you on a daily basis. In fact, when they become a teenager, they will plot to kill you. Knowing all of this, would you still want to be the parent of that child? The answer is probably no. God is our Father and gave us life knowing that we would betray, hurt, and rebel against Him, and one day kill his son. Despite all this, He still made us. He still decided to create us, not that He would be a recipient of our love, but that we may be recipients of His love.
When He created us, He didn’t do it because He needed our love, rather, He wanted to love us. God already had perfect love in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Knowing this, it doesn’t make sense that God created us. This knowledge doesn’t make me question His sovereignty; it makes me get on my knees in surrender as I am in awe of His great love for us. If God needed our love, knew we would obey, and knew we would love Him back, it would make a lot of sense for Him to create us. But God didn’t need our love, knew we wouldn’t obey, and knew we wouldn’t love Him back. Yet He still created us. What an amazing God we serve!
So, what is my conclusion? It isn’t that God is flawed, imperfect, and prone to mistakes, but rather, through our flaws, imperfections, and mistakes, God still loves us perfectly through all our imperfections.
“For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love” (Ephesians 1:4).