The Problem of Sin – September 2, 2022

“Why didn’t God just create me ‘good’?”  Have you ever felt that way?  Questions like these come up when we’re witnessing.  C.S. Lewis had a great answer.  Spend a few minutes internalizing his logic so you are more ready next time someone asks for the reason you have hope!  ~Pastor Scott

God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata—of creatures that worked like machines—would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins: 2001) 47-48.

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