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And It Was... Sinful?: Reconciling God's Goodness and Man's Sinful Nature

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DISCLAIMER: The following text tackles religion. I am not imposing the belief of God to anybody who doesn't share the same perspective, so I request that there be no discussion about the existence of God nor the belief of Him. For the purposes of discussion, let us assume God does exist.

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I was talking with my family and some of the family friends when our discussion came to the topic of the reconciliation of man’s sinful nature and God’s creations being “good.” Well, the bible pretty much said it in Genesis that when God created man, God saw that it was good, right? After all, Genesis 1:31 (NIV) says “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” How then can we reconcile the fact that man is sinful by nature?

A family friend said that this isn’t so, going back to Genesis. If God said he created something good, then it should be good. God said so. He also argues that how can an all-good God create man with a sinful, thus bad, nature? To say the least, I was not satisfied by this answer. The fall of man in Genesis chapter 3 pretty much clarifies man’s curiosity and man’s obliging to go into sin. That, in itself, clears that man has indeed a sinful nature, for if man did not have this nature, he wouldn’t have followed or gave in to the temptation of the serpent to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. After all, as Aristotle had said it once, action follows nature.

Another answer came up: Satan created sin, for it was him, being in the serpent, that placed the thought of sin into the heart of Eve. This still doesn’t satisfy my craving. My answer in the previous paragraph would still hold up to this answer more than enough. Another, more compelling rebuttal to this argument would be, if Satan created sin, as is the major implication of this argument, then how can we say that God created everything? In that statement alone, we have to assume that it was God who created sin, yes?

And so I pondered upon this fact until after the visitors had left. It really left me a question: how can an apparently all-good God create something bad? And then I realized the answer.

We all know that God is all-knowing, yes? The scripture says so in Deuteronomy 29:29 (NIV), which says that “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” That means he knows both good and evil. Does this violate God’s all-goodness? No. It wouldn’t follow. If it did, then we should all be guilty of the premeditation of murder since we all know how to kill. Same goes with God. His knowledge does not make Him bad.

Having said that, can God actually create man with a sinful nature, and in turn, would this mean He has no longer created Man as “good” as He said he did? I don’t think so. God created man purposefully with a sinful nature for if God created man with a good nature, and everything was created good, in its full essence, then how can we know that good is good? There’d be no point of comparison, and we would no longer need God in this case. Why then should we call Him God? There’d be no point to need Him, yes?

Does this mean God is no longer Good? Again, the answer is no. We go back to Genesis. Our purpose in being created was good. Our creation, the way we resulted to, was good. Our sinful nature He had placed, but this is our potential. We are not bad, we just have the knowledge, the nature, to be bad. This is so we could realize what good is and embrace it, for we are so disgusted with the bad that had so lived in us, we shall yearn for the goodness.

Does this mean God created sin? Indirectly, yes. He has to, otherwise, if some other being can create something out of nothing, like sin, then why call God, God? The bible said it so in John 9:3 (NIV) that “…this happened so that the work of God might be displayed…”

True, the argument can still be doubtful upon more intense scrutiny, but it makes sense to me, and I’m fine with that.

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  1. TheFuhrer02's Avatar
    Who is to say that man was not meant to fall, and yet a perfect God could not create man fallen. In God's knowledge he saw what man's choice would be.
    ^ Exactly.
  2. TheFuhrer02's Avatar
    @ SeattleGhostWriter: I totally agree with you, and your post is in fact, though not exactly, the main point of my blog, that God had to create man with a sinful nature (No, not a sinful creature, but with a sinful nature) in order to reconcile His being God.

    The only thing I have a small problem of your post is man's choice and its role in the atonement of man. If it were man's choice to be saved or not, how then can we reconcile the sovereignty and omnipotence of God?
  3. TheFuhrer02's Avatar
    1. The scriptures may have been equivocal with its definition of the term "good."

    2. Yes. Agere Sequitur Esse.

    3. No, and that's actually my stand in this blog post.
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