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Why did God create man if he knew we would sin

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Garette
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This is a very good question, and one that takes on particular significance when you consider that our sin eventually led to the humiliating death of His only begotten son. 

I often ask people - especially those who have children: Why do people bring children into this world  knowing they'll experience pain and suffering and have the potential to cause great pain to others? True, many become parents unintentionally, but many of us brought children into the world through prayer and planning in addition to just having pleasure. What leads responsible, caring people to have children despite the risks of pain?

The Bible says that God is love. Love needs an object on which to lavish itself. Love also demands that that object have the choice to love or not love its Creator.

Additionally, there are some attributes of God that would never never have been known were there not the rebellion by the children He loves; attributes such as long-suffering, mercy, and sacrificial love.

It's been a tough six thousand plus years for us - and God. "In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old".

You might be going through something that's causing you to question God's love or His very existence. Just remember that none of us have suffered like Christ. In His wisdom and love God chose to allow sin. He thought the risk was worth it. After experiencing the ravage of sin and witnessed God's love, God's people will never entertain a love for sin ever again. Though there will always be the option to sin "affliction shall not rise up the second time" (Nahum 1:9). God shall see the fruit of his labor and be satisfied (Isaiah 53:11). 

A more important question is whether I will make the choice to experience the joy after all this pain, or will I suffer here only to be destroyed in hell. God has made His decision to create humans with the choice to obey or disobey - a decision we had no say in. Now we have the option to choose - either we choose eternal existence with God or eternal destruction. I choose eternity with Christ. What's your choice?