Were Imperfect Beings Made By A Perfect God?

Feb 5 08:48 2008 Robin Calamaio Print This Article

If God is perfect, then why has He made such a flawed world? Is there an answer to this?

Questions are not created equal. Some come from triflers who are not really interested in the forwarded answers. But other questions arise from one with "a driven need to know." These questions reflect deeper thought - and resultant answers are examined with an intensity on par with the intensity residing in the initial inquiry.

Recently,Guest Posting 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's" capabilities are immeasurable. Somewhere along the way, He decided He wanted to reveal things about Himself to morally sentient beings. So, ... He created some. Now, let me ask you some questions. If all those creatures were perfect for eternity, how well would God actually be known? For example, we know from the Bible that God can be angered. If all was perfect around Him forever, how would that ever be exposed? How could His longsuffering, patience, empathy, mercy or justice ever be known? You already know the answer. These traits would be forever veiled.

I believe God decided to reveal 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.

Created Innocent ... and with the capacity to sin.

God created two orders of beings with the capacity to sin - angels and man. Had they been created perfect, they would never have sinned. They were created innocent - and then sinned. The following passages are usually understood as referencing Satan: "You were in Eden, the Garden of God ... You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created - 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).

God made Adam in His own image (Gen 1:26,27). Initially, he was free of sin. But, Satan was given the opportunity to interact with an innocent Adam and Eve in the Garden. If they had been perfect, they would have rebuffed Satan's advances. But, the fallen angel prevailed. With Adam's rebellion, monumental changes were ushered into this world. Here are a couple. God decided that Adam's "gift" to billions of descendants would be ... to inherit a sin nature. But, there was another "gain." Satan became "the god of this world" (2Cor 4:4). And, he brought his legions.

Catastrophies were allowed by God in both created orders ... but, He Himself remains guiltless. "God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt 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 acknowledge this at The Judgment - "even he who did not keep his soul alive" (Ps 22:29 and Isa 45:23,24). Our Creator will emerge from this ... perfect.

More On The Angels

Many believe a third of the angels were infected by sin. Satan is the dragon in Revelation 12 whose "tail swept away a third of heaven." Many think this means that one third of the angels rebelled with him (Rev 12:3-9). My guess is that God created a finite number of angels and they do not reproduce (Mt 22:30).

It may be that all the angels could have joined the rebellion ... but only some did. If that is correct, we may find that God confirmed the uninfected angels - in righteousness - somewhere along the way. On the other hand, Michael, Gabriel and the rest, may have been locked in as righteous from the start as "His chosen angels" (1Tim 5:21). In either event, I am confident that the angels who remained in righteousness, credit God for keeping them from Satan's insanity. It is doubtful they consider themselves "superior angels" (Jude 9). Do you think they believe they can keep their own selves free from sin - by their own power - for eternity? But here's my main point: Satan's angelic ranks are full. There will be no increase.

God's Opportunity

With this setting and reality, God made some determinations. As the Ultimate Ruler, He can still impose His will - when He wills. "Whatever 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 remedy 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 be active in this trough ... remain unsullied ... and still dominantly impose His will? These are "things into which angels long to look" (1Pet 1:12).

God has revealed a multitude of complexities - about Himself - in this scenario. But, some of these "scenes" are one time events. For instance, I do not think He will ever again enter one of His created orders - and allow them to murder Him. But, that is exactly what occurred in Jesus Christ. Mercy could now be extended through that death - with justice being satisfied. Life is required for sin - and since He had no guilt of His own, He could take mine into Himself as He died. That is why I say, "Jesus died for me." He died to pay for my sins. He acted in mercy toward me - undeserved ... and needed. The act of the cross is permeated with God's righteousness, justice, compassion and power - and I believe its inexhaustible depths of wisdom will be on open display ... forever. But the act itself will be a once in eternity event.

A fallen creation presents occasions for God to reveal other things, too. For example, as "the god of this world" how did Satan's rule go? Perhaps his "rule" will be an eternal warning - showing what is produced when a creature attempts to displace God. And look at the children he fathered ... us! Jesus told the Pharisees their father was the devil (Jn 8:44). Moral creatures operating outside the moral jurisdiction of the living God - create an age of injustice, oppression 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? He alone can stop, or restrict, His actions. " ... He does according to His will in the host 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).

"Even 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 whatever He pleases" (Ps 115:3).

Also read Job 9:1-12, Isaiah 45:9 and Romans 9:10-22.

Conclusion

I believe this situation of fallen moral creatures will prove to be a once in eternity, limited event. Only the fallen angels and man will ever be infected by sin. Other orders of sentient beings - assuming others do, or will, exist - will never experience sin. I know the views presented here may not sit well with some of you. But, if you have a better explanation for why imperfect beings were created by a perfect God ... well, I'm listening.

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Robin Calamaio
Robin Calamaio

Robin: Christian in 1977. Education: BA, Bus Admin (Milligan Collg '90) and M-Div (Emmanuel School of Relign '92). One of his ebooks includes every Bible verse about love in a Bible study on love . Other ebooks biblically address death, no tithe, abortion, and capital punishment. You can find each Free Christian Ebook online at freelygive-n.com!

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