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God with His infinite knowledge knew that Adam and Eve would commit sin and cause the whole of mankind to fall into sin, yet God continued to create man and even destroyed them on a large scale on numerous occasions. If God decided not to create humans, wouldn’t He have avoided all the unnecessary killing?

How this question will be answered is of vital importance because it concerns the integrity of God– His faithfulness and goodness. If we claim that God did not have the ability to foretell the future, and all that had happened was due to circumstances unforeseen by Him, we may then reason it was not his fault, because He did not intend this to happen but had created man out of good intentions. However, we know that since the beginning of time, God had already foreseen the future, and even events that will happen in last days, having been clearly written in the Book of Revelation in the bible. It is without a doubt that even before the world came to be, God already knew that we would sin. Not only did He know that we would sin, He also knew that He had to on various occasions almost exterminated the whole of mankind, so as to prevent mankind from being consumed by their sins and thus sustaining them to this very day.

The writer once met a person who could not get a satisfied answer to this question and ended up leaving the church and the Lord. This person felt that God was a hypocrite – having known that mankind was going to sin, yet He insisted on creating us, and subsequently feigns holiness and attempts to destroy all of mankind. This person felt that God was merely toying with us humans, whereas in reality, He was a mass murderer putting up a false front. This person was not able to come to terms with this issue, what more to believe in Jesus. After all, Jesus dying on the cross was probably another show put up by God. We cannot but notice how radical and negative this person’s thinking was – filled with many misunderstandings about God – but through all these, we have to recognise that even we ourselves have sometimes harbour similar doubts as to why God created man knowing we would sin.

The error made by this person is that he had attempted to explain the wisdom of God with man’s wisdom. This has turned whatever that is glorious and beautiful of God into something unpleasant and abhorrent. The wisdom of God is unfathomable, how could mere man attempt to comprehend it? Unless the almighty God chooses to reveal Himself to us, who on earth is able to understand His will? Let us now go to the bible — the revelation of God, to bring to light the mystery to the creation of the world and mankind.

God reveals His intentions in the Book of Matthew, Chapter Thirteen: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world… This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth… Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” When God created the world, He had hidden a great mystery – this current material world that we live in was not the actual world that God truly desired – instead God desired the spiritual world that was to come. This world we have today is a merely temporal transition. It is a waiting place for the preparation and completion of that eternal heavenly kingdom. In that spiritual world, there would be thousands and millions of repented believers, and every one of them would give forth the glory of God, as bright as the morning sun. This is the real world that God truly wanted. This present world was never the ultimate reason to why God had created this world.