If God created us wonderfully, why isn't life perfect?
by Gini Crawford, MSW
The world was a perfect place. Adam and Eve were created perfectly. They would never get old, sick or die. They would live forever. Nothing bad would exist for them. They and their children would have abundance. They would never be hungry, or want for any good thing. Adam and Eve got along with God perfectly. God literally walked in the garden with them. They got along with each other perfectly. I don't think we can begin to imagine the world in its perfect state, since the effects of sin have spoiled it greatly. So what happened?
In Genesis 2:16-17, God gave Adam and Eve just one command that they needed to obey.
The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." NASB®
But they did not obey God. They did what God told them not to do - eat from the tree that gives the knowledge of good and evil (or bad). A world-wide nuclear war would have had less life changing effects on all of us than what Adam and Eve did! This disobedience brought the awful consequences of sin and death into God's perfectly created world.
Since God created all of us in His image, we have a free will. This freedom gave us the choice to be in a relationship with God or not. He gave us a free will so we could freely choose to love and obey Him! Don't you want people to choose to love you, not be made to? Sadly, Adam and Eve chose to use God's incredible gift of freedom to disobey Him.
God knows all things, even the "what ifs", so He knew our state of perfection would be fleeting. He knew before He created us that we would rebel against Him. He knew we would choose what a tree had to offer instead of Him. He also knew His love for us would find its strongest avenue through a tree, the cross.
Read Genesis 2, what type of world did God want us to live in? Read Genesis 3 and 4, what type of world did we end up with because of sin? How did Adam's and Eve's relationship with God change?
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