Why did God not create a free world that would not sin
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|If God exists, why is there evil in the world? What is evil? Where did evil come from? Why doesn’t God intervene and stop all evil? How can physical evils such as earthquakes, tornadoes and cancer be explained? Is there a good reason for the existence of hell on which even some atheists would agree? What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 8, Cat. No. EVL
Keywords: Free Choice, Free will, Freedom
- Ankerberg: Let’s talk about the assertions that certain critics make, atheists would make, where they would say, “You know, because we have so much sin, this proves God doesn’t exist. If God did exist, He could have done a much better job than the world that we’re in.” And then they start to list all these possible worlds that they think would be better than the one we’re in. When you examine those, you find out, no, they wouldn’t really want to live in that world. And one of the things they suggest is, “What about a free world that would not sin?” Why is that wrong?
- Geisler: Well, it’s logically possible but actually unachievable, as long as some free creature chooses to sin. For example, it’s logically possible I could be robbing a bank right now, but it’s not actually possible because I’ve chosen not to rob a bank now. So, what’s logically possible isn’t always actually possible. It’s logically possible that everyone would believe and be saved; but actually, they don’t. Some believe and some reject. If I threw three dice and I got three sixes, you would think I was lucky. If I threw it twice and got three sixes, you’d think I was very lucky. If I did it a hundred times in a row, you’d think the dice were loaded, right? But what if God created free creatures – they could all either sin or not sin, follow Him or not follow Him – and all of them followed Him. You’d say the dice were loaded. The dice aren’t loaded with freedom. You could really go either way, and the truth of the matter is, the Bible tells us that one third of the angels chose to rebel. Now, the atheist says, “Well, why didn’t He just create the two-thirds that didn’t rebel?” and the answer is, “Because one third of those would have rebelled, too, because they’re free creatures and they choose to do what they want to do.”
- Ankerberg: Yeah, I mean, it keeps coming back to this word free. I’m not sure we believe that God gave us that much freedom, and if He actually did, it’s kind of scary. But He did.
- Geisler: It’s very scary, and it has tremendous consequences, because free choices are choices that result in certain things. If you freely choose to jump off a cliff, there’s a consequence: you’re going to hit the bottom. It may take longer depending on how high the cliff is, but you’re going to hit the bottom. And there are certain actions, moral actions, that have moral consequences; namely, if you choose that you don’t want to obey God, if you choose that you don’t want God in your life, one day He’s going to say to you, “Okay, have it your way. You don’t want Me in your life, then have it your way.” That’s called Hell – separation from God.