To Create or Not? My Response

Posted: October 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

Here I want to try to offer my response to the question that I posed at the end of the last post: 

“Would it have been better for God not to create?  Would it have been better if God, who knew of all the evil that would enter the world upon His creation of it, would have chosen to not create?” 

I think a comprehensive answer can be offered if we deal with differing perspectives.  There are three perspectives that will concern us.  They are the perspectives of the (1) Christian, (2) Non-Christian, and (3) God.  In breaking the answer down into this type of tri-perspectivalism I have formulated an answer that has satisfied my mind.  

First, from the perspective of the Christian, the answer must be a resounding, No!  It would most definitely not be better for a Christian to have not existed.  Regardless of the pain, suffering, disease, and death that we all face on this side of eternity, it is incomparable to what we have waiting on us (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). 

 We have the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit waiting to usher us into their perfect kingdom.  There we will enjoy perfect fellowship with them and an eternity of inexplicable joy. 

There is no doubt that we will endure tough times.  Some will suffer in ways that others will not.  Some suffering will be painful and lead to death.  We may lose friends, families, and fortunes in this life.  Those things are expected.  But, we see in a mirror dimly today, tomorrow we shall see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12). 

If we never exist, then we never know Jesus.  And if we never know Jesus, we never know the joy we have in Him.  For the Christian, non-creation would not have been better. 

Secondly, from the perspective of the unbeliever, the answer must be yes.  It would have been better for them if God had not created.  If God had not created they would have not existed, they would have never been born!  

I take much of this thought from passages such as Matthew 26:24.  “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”  Here, non-existence would have been the better option for the one who will endure the eternal wrath of God. 

If God does not create then the unbeliever is never born.  If he is never born he never rebels against God.  If he never rebels against God, he never fails to repent, and then he obviously never has to worry about enduring the wrath of God in a place called Hell.  For the unbeliever, non-creation would have been better. 

Thirdly and finally, from the perspective of God the answer must again be no.  It would not have been better for God to have refrained from creating.  We can say that because God is perfect in knowledge, is perfectly good, and has brought about the best possible world to bring about His ultimate purposes. 

There doesn’t need to be much explanation here.  God is God.  What He does is always right and good.  Therefore, creating was right and good.  Non-creation would not have been better. 

Now, I could also answer in this way.  That from the perspective of God, non-creation would not have been better because that would mean (1) none rebel and bring sin into the world.  This would mean that (2) there would be no need for the cross, which is where God’s glory shines most brightly.  It also means that (3) none believe in Jesus and are brought into a loving relationship with the Father and (4) God’s justice is not magnified in the punishment of the wicked.  In short, non-creation would fail to bring about the full display of the glory of God.  Non-creation would not have been better in regards to the end for which God created the world.  Namely, the full display of His glory. 

I believe appealing to the various perspectives represented here we can give a full and satisfactory answer to the question posed.  And in the end, we can say that God has done what is right and good in creating.

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