Why did God create Satan and humans knowing ahead of time they were going to sin?

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In the very beginning, God had very hard decisions to make. Would He create beings with the freedom to choose their own destiny?

God’s choice was made infinitely more difficult by His foreknowledge (Isaiah 46:10). He clearly saw that to allow freedom of choice would lead to pain, suffering and death. But He understood that only creatures with total freedom of choice could have a loving relationship with Him (2 Corinthians 3:17). For without the freedom to reject God, neither could they choose Him—and without choice, love would be not possible (Galatians 5:13-14). God loves His creatures, and He desires love in return (Revelation 3:20).

God created Satan and humans with the freedom of choice. This freedom is God’s plan for the universe. The very nature of free choice is to be free from compulsion and any decisions made are the individual’s own responsibility (Joshua 24:14,15).

And when humanity fell into sin (Genesis 3), God’s infinite mercy offered the plan of Salvation. God sent His only Son to take the punishment that man deserved (John 3:16). The ultimate revelation of God’s love was at the cross where His justice and mercy were fulfilled. The victory of Christ over Satan at the cross, guaranteed the final eradication of sin (Genesis 3:15).

So, even though God knew that His creatures would use the right of free choice against Him, personal freedom was so essential that God made the decision to create them anyway (Ephesians 3:12). Once this decision was done, it would not have been possible for God to delete them from His plans because if He did the principle of freedom of choice would be turned into a falsehood.

In the end, God will be vindicated before all (Psalm 22:27). His character will show that He is a loving and just God who is willing to do whatever it takes to save His creatures even to the point of sacrificing Himself. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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