Why did God...

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1. If God is a good God, why did He create a fallible human race?  Can we not judge a tree by its fruit and thus conclude God is not as perfect as Christians claim?
2. If God is a good God, why did He create the forbidden fruit so Adam and Eve can sin?
3. Did God want people to be ignorant?  Why is the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil the forbidden fruit?
4. How can a good God send people to hell?
5. How can a good God allow people to make the wrong choice and go to hell?
6. Why does God seem to show favoritism towards Jews?
7. How do we know God is doing things with our interest in mind?
8. Why did God destroy all those "foreign" nations in the Old Testament?
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1. If God is a good God, why did He create a fallible human race?  Can we not judge a tree by its fruit and thus conclude God is not as perfect as Christians claim?

We must understand the logic behind God's creation.  God wanted and did create beings capable of making choices, and the ability to make choices is not meaningful if wrong choices are not some of the possibilities.  For some reason we are free to speculate, He did not want infallible robots.  He made a sanctioned human race, and He allowed them to make choices, good or bad.

Is God capable of making choices?  Certainly.  Can God make bad choices?  I believe so.  He is not omnipotent if He cannot make any choice He desires, and some of the choices have to be less perfect than others.  The real question is: will He?  Does His ability to make a choice that's not the best possible one make Him less perfect?

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2. If God is a good God, why did He create the forbidden fruit so Adam and Eve can sin?

This question follows the last question very closely.  In order for our ability to choose meaningful, there must be different choices.  The forbidden fruit is the "bad" choice God allowed them to make.  Without the possibility of making a bad choice, they really don't have a chance to exercise their freedom of choice.  What troubles me is that most people complain about one single tree and never mention the Tree of Life and other trees and fruit of beneficial nature.

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3. Did God want people to be ignorant?  Why is the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil the forbidden fruit?

God did not want people to be ignorant, or else He would have created unintelligent beings incapable of making important decisions. Adam was not unintelligent -- he named all the animals, and in the Hebrew connotation, naming something implies knowing something quite well. So what is the fruit of tree of knowledge of good and evil (henceforth "the fruit")?

I believe the fruit represents not true knowledge but a value system of good and evil that is different from God's absolutes. I believe Adam was not a person incapable of doing what's wrong, but he may not have the slightest desire to do evil, just as God is. The fruit may represent a value system where good and evil are in conflict and where evil may actually have an upper hand, but that system would seem very, very normal to us today. Consider the value of system of Jesus as explicated in the Four Gospels and our system today. Had the fruit been the "fruit of evil," then everything will be so simple and clear, and the struggle between good and evil would be very obvious today. What we have today is the struggle of two value systems overlapping in many ways, and this makes the struggle more difficult because the lesser alternative seem so "acceptable."

So were Adam and Eve smarter after they ate the fruit? No, they just got a viewpoint that seem OK to all mankind, because we have become so accustomed to it, whose final destination is eternal destruction.

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4. How can a good God send people to hell?

God does not send people to Hell.  God allows them to choose between going to heaven or hell.  How unfortunate for most people that God honors their choices...

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5. How can a good God allow people to make the wrong choice and go to hell?

Is it difficult to believe an omnipotent God having so much respect that He respects our bad decisions?  Respect is part of love, and God's love is so immense that He honors our decisions but probably with lots of tears (or their heaven equivalent).  His love is manifested in His effort to create an alternative so we do not all end up in hell, but the final decision is, unfortunately, ours.

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6. Why does God seem to show favoritism towards Jews?

Several thousands of years ago, God looked down on Earth and found only one righteous man, Abram. The rest of the world were following idols and false gods. Because of Abram's faithfulness, God made a special promise to him. His descendents would become a great nation and be blessings to all. Jews are one part of Abraham's descendants, indeed, the ones that carried the lineage of Messiah. Even though most of them today do not accept Jesus Christ the Messiah, they still are recipients of that promise God made to Abraham.

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7. How do we know God is doing things with our interest in mind?

If He doesn't, He wouldn't have bothered with us at all.

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8. Why did God destroy all those "foreign" nations in the Old Testament?

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Last updated: 1/30/2000