Why would God create us on earth where Satan is?

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Love Can Only Exist With Freedom

In the very beginning, God had very hard decisions to make: Would He create beings with the freedom to choose their own end? God’s choice was made much more difficult by His foreknowledge (Isaiah 46:10). He saw that to allow freedom of choice would lead to pain, suffering and death.

God knew 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 there be freedom to choose Him—and without choice, love would not be a reality (Galatians 5:13-14). God loves His creatures, and He desires love in return (Revelation 3:20). The very nature of free choice is to be free from compulsion and any decisions made are the individual’s own decision (Joshua 24:14,15).

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

Why Would God Create Us on Earth Where Satan Is?

God created angels perfect and with the freedom of choice, but Lucifer (Satan) chose to use his freedom to rebel against God and many angels followed him in that evil course of action (Revelation 12:4). There was no excuse for Lucifer’s rebellion.

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

Sometime after the expulsion of Satan from heaven, God created our perfect world (Genesis 1). And the Lord gave our first parents (Adam and Eve) a test of loyalty, that is, not to eat from the tree of “the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). Satan, using a serpent, deceived Adam and Eve,  caused them to disobey God’s command, and thus they fell (Genesis 3).

But God, in His infinite mercy, offered the plan of Salvation. God sent His innocent Son to pay the penalty of man’s sins. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The ultimate revelation of God’s love was at the cross where His justice and mercy were satisfied.

How merciful was God! Divine justice demanded that sin should meet its punishment, but divine mercy had already found a way to save mankind—by the voluntary sacrifice of the Son of God (1 Peter 1:20; Ephesians 3:11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Revelation 13:8). “Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed” (Psalm 85:10).

The victory of Christ over Satan at the cross, guaranteed the final eradication of sin from the universe (Genesis 3:15). This will be at the end of the millennium (Revelation 20:10). But Christ did not arise from this war unharmed. The nail marks in His hands and feet and the scar in His side will be eternal signs of the great battle in which the serpent bruised the woman’s seed (John 20:25; Zechariah 13:6).

In the end, God will be vindicated before all of His creation (Psalm 22:27). His character will show that He is both a loving and a 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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