Why Would A Perfect God Make Imperfect Beings?
Questions usually arise from roadblocks we encounter as we are gathering information on a subject of interest. If we are merely disinctive about the subject, a shallow answer may suffice. But, if we really need accurate answers for some pushed need, the questions are usually of higher quality – with much thought preceding the inquiry.
Recently, I received these questions from a visitor to my website: “Why didn’t God just create us perfect to begin with? And how does a perfect God create imperfect beings? At the end of time, He will make us all perfect beings – those that have accepted him – so why not just do this to begin with …?” These questions are the product of … thought.
When God calls me to stand before Him, the forthcoming material … may not. But, then again … it might.
The Perfect God
The Bible declares we have a perfect Creator (Deut 32:4, Mt 5:48, and Heb 7:28). When He was by Himself, sin did not exist. “In Him there is no sin” (1Jn 3:5). This “Being” is beyond anything we can fathom. At some point, He decided to create morally sentient beings – and show things about Himself to those creatures. Now, let me ask you some questions. If all those creatures were perfect for eternity, how well would God truly be known? For example, now we know He is capable of anger. If all was perfect around Him forever, how would that ever be exposed? How could His long experiencing, patience, empathy, mercy or justice ever be known? You already know the answer. These traits would be forever veiled.
I believe God decided to show aspects of His character that would only come out if there were morally accountable beings in rebellion to Him. In that setting, many complexities of his character – some subtle and some not so subtle – would be revealed for all to see.
produced Innocent … and with the capacity to sin.
God produced two orders of beings with the capacity to sin – angels and man. Had they been produced perfect, they would never have sinned. They were produced innocent – and then sinned. Most believe this passage refers to Satan: “You were in Eden, the Garden of God … You were blameless in your ways from the day you were produced – until unrighteousness was found in you … You were internally filled with violence and you sinned … Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty” (Ezek 28:13, 15-17). “You said in your heart … ‘I will raise my throne above the stars of God … I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isa 14:13,14). This was probably the first sin. It did not surprise God. He declares He knows “the end from the beginning” (Isa 41:21-23, 42:9, 44:6-8, 45:21, Rev 1:8, 22:13).
Adam was produced in God’s image (Gen 1:26,27). Initially, he was free of sin. God allowed Satan access to an innocent Adam and Eve in the Garden. Had they been perfect, Satan’s ploy would have failed. But, the fallen angel prevailed. With Adam’s rebellion, monumental changes were ushered into this world. Here are a associate. God decided that Adam’s “gift” to billions of descendants would be … to inherit a sin character. But, there was another “gain.” Satan became “the god of this world” (2Cor 4:4). And, he brought his legions.
God allowed these disasters in both orders, but is Himself innocent of wrongdoing. “God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not entice anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lusts” (Ja 1:13-15). Every sinful creature will concede this at The Judgment – “already he who did not keep his soul alive” (Ps 22:29 and Isa 45:23,24). Our perfect Creator is going to come away from this clean.
More On The Angels
Many believe a third of the angels were infected by sin. The dragon of Revelation 12 is identified as Satan and “his tail swept away a third of heaven” – a third of the angels joined his rebellion (Rev 12:3-9). My guess is that God produced a finite number of angels and they do not copy (Mt 22:30).
We may find that all the angels could have rebelled, but only some did. If that is true, it is possible that at a certain point, the unpolluted angels were confirmed in righteousness forever. however, Michael, Gabriel and the rest, may have been locked in as righteous from the start as “His chosen angels” (1Tim 5:21). But in any case the case, I believe the angels “who kept their place” credit God for that – or else they too would have gone Satan’s way. It is doubtful they consider themselves “superior angels” (Jude 9). Do you think they trust themselves – already now – to keep themselves from ever sinning – already once – for all eternity? But my point here – I think Satan’s angelic ranks has hit its limit. There will be no increase.
With this setting and reality, God made some determinations. Since He is nevertheless the ultimate Ruler, He can impose His will – at will. “in any case the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth …” (Ps 135:6). For starters, it appears the fallen angels are so heavily accountable that no cure for their rebellion will ever be extended. But, with man, God decided to mount a “rescue operation.” But how could He righteously redeem man without violating His own standards of justice? How could He work in this ecosystem and come away with no blame or sin – and however deal with rebellious creatures in a powerful and principal way? These are “things into which angels long to look” (1Pet 1:12).
In this complicate scenario, God revealed many things about Himself. But, some of these “scenes” are one time events. For example, I do not believe He will ever prepare another body for Himself, go into into that order of creatures – and allow them to murder Him. But, that is exactly what occurred in Jesus Christ. by that death, God could extend mercy – with justice being met. He requires life for sin – and when He gave His own (that had no guilt of sin upon it), He could apply it against my guilt. That is why I say, “Jesus died for me.” He died to pay for my sins. This is an act of undeserved – however needed – mercy. The act of the cross is laced with inexhaustible depths of wisdom, compassion, righteousness, justice and strength that I believe will be on open characterize for eternity. But the act itself will be a once in eternity event.
This fallen creation offers many opportunities for God to expose some things. For example, as “the god of this world” how did Satan’s rule go? Maybe this fallen age will stand as an eternal demonstration (and warning) of what kind of rule comes from a creature who wants to be God. And look at the children he helped produce … us! Jesus told the Pharisees their father was the devil (Jn 8:44). Morally responsible creatures out from under the moral jurisdiction of the true and living God produce an age of violence, perversities and death.
“I Don’t Like This! I Never Asked to be Born!”
Well, I’m not so thrilled either. But, if my suspicions are accurate, can you stop God? His only restriction is that He cannot, and will not, violate His moral character. ” … He does according to His will in the large number of heaven (angels) and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His Hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?'” (Dan 4:35).
“For the Lord of Hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His outstretched Hand, who can turn it back?” (Isa 14:27).
“already from eternity, I am He; and there is none who can deliver out of My Hand; I act and who can reverse it?” (Isa 43:13).
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
“… our God is in the heavens; He does in any case He pleases” (Ps 115:3).
Also read Job 9:1-12, Isaiah 45:9 and Romans 9:10-22.
I believe this situation of fallen moral creatures will prove to be a once in eternity, limited event. Sin will only be a reality in two produced orders – angels and man. Any other orders (assuming there are, or will be, others) will never be so affected. I realize, some of you may not like what I have forwarded here. But if you have a better answer as to why a perfect God produced imperfect beings … well, I’m listening.