Why Didn’t God Make Us Perfect Without Sin?

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Gustave Doré (engraving); Satan, the Fallen Angel, is flung from Heaven and nears the confines of the Earth on his way to Hell [Paradise Lost, John Milton; 1667]; c. 1866.
God is perfect and God is holy.

So why didn’t God make humans and angels perfect so that they would never sin?

If we can even deduce this, the following are some of the questions I would consider to help us understand why God didn’t make us perfect:

A. Could God have created a perfect being with free will that would never sin?
B. In heaven, will we lose our free will or will it still be possible for us to sin?
C. Why did Lucifer sin in the first place?

D. Why does God allow sin?


A. Could God have created a perfect being with free will that would never sin?

Consider Philippians 2:5-7
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Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.…”

Now it seems as though even Jesus Himself outlined human equality with God something that cannot be attained and Jesus was man and God! (This concept of Jesus being 100% man and 100% God is confusing but a brief explanation can be found here under Jesus’ Humanity & Eternality)

Also consider that the question “Could God have created a perfect being with free will that would never sin?” seems to cause an issue; If God were to create a perfect being with free will that never sinned, then it is possible He would in one sense have created a being that was equal to God (at least on some level). A being that is perfect without sin would also be holy, so this seems to indicate that He would have just created another God (this is assuming that perfection is all-encompassing).

Now, this thought process implies that what makes God God is His being perfect and holy. This may not be entirely true since God is more than perfect and holy. There is also His eternality, aseity, necessity, and a list of other characteristics you can find here but it is worth thinking about.

Someone may ask, “If it’s true that God wouldn’t make someone perfect to begin with, how is it possible to become perfect in heaven?” Well, the saints (those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior) were not created perfect but have been perfected by the blood of Jesus. A caterpillar does not become a new creature when it transforms into a butterfly. It’s existence doesn’t cease, it is in a sense “perfected”. The Christian does not cease to be one creation and enter into a different existence. It transforms into perfection.

So, it seems that we will possibly be transformed into perfection in heaven but not into perfect beings, at least not perfect like God is perfect so there seems to be a difference.

B. In heaven, will we lose our free will or will it still be possible for us to sin?
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C. Why did Lucifer sin in the first place?

One would assume that in heaven, we will know God and His perfectness. That we would still possess free will so to speak but we would never want to deny our Creator because of our knowledge and love of Him? This has been the explanation I have always believed but it still seems like it circles back to the question; Why in heaven would Lucifer sin being in what seems like a similar situation?

I personally believe the answer to question B. is no we will not lose our free will but we won’t want to sin. One reason presented to me for why we could possess free will in heaven and never sin is that we will likely know the difference from being in a place where suffering and pain exists to being in a place where it does not (somewhat separated from God’s presence on earth at God’s discretion). Lucifer had no such knowledge. So it is possible Lucifer ignorantly thought he could take God’s place and it subsequently got him and all the angels who took his side thrown out of heaven because of it. But what could have started this “chain reaction” so to speak?

I have written before about my personal thoughts on sin and/or evil possibly being the direct result of God’s absence but I recently read an article by John Piper (Where Did Satan’s First Desire for Evil Come From?) about an idea worth pondering; that basically God’s glory somehow being hidden from Lucifer may explain Lucifer’s initial desire to “be” God. So maybe, while Lucifer didn’t know what we know about the ugliness involved in the separation from God, some degree of separation may have sparked the flame within him. This is not to say that it is absolutely how it happened, it is just a possibility. Why would God do that to begin with you may ask? I will give my explanation in the next section.

D. Why does God allow sin?

God is perfect and God is holy. He created us with the sin plan. Somehow this is better than making us perfect without sin. I believe that the reason why it is better is evident in the Genesis account of God making the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil for Adam and Eve, and even before with Lucifer by possibly hiding His glory from Lucifer so he and all of creation could experience an unforced choice to love God which seems to require free will.

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So, all things considered, it appears that God created humans and angels with the ability to sin (freely deny Him) because He wanted us to be able to love. God did not want robots, after all, so He allowed himself to be hidden just enough that we must choose to believe, follow, and love Him. It is the sad reality that sin separates us from God. God does not want us to be separated from Him but because of the gift of free will which God has given each of us, we can choose to live a life without Him. Because God is holy, He cannot give anyone a “free pass” and let sin go unpunished but the good news is that someone already bore your punishment for you and His name is Jesus! All you need to do is accept His gift and turn from your sin. It is my prayer that you choose to do so right now, because you may not get another chance tomorrow and there is nothing worse than a lack of God for eternity.

By Clark Campbell with input from Derrick Stokes and Paul Grodell
Theologetics.org

2 thoughts on “Why Didn’t God Make Us Perfect Without Sin?

  1. “Could God have created a perfect being with free will that would never sin?”
    -you never answered this question. Can He, or can’t He? Sorry but this question is very troubling to me. It seems like He created Jesus both without the desire to sin and with free will? It seems logical He could have made a being inclined not to sin, but without God’s ommnipotence right?

    “Lucifer had no such knowledge.”
    -Do you believe Lucifer knows less about God than we do?
    -If knowledge was withheld from Lucifer and he erred as a result, how is that Lucifer’s fault? If one human tricks another human into something illegal, we call that fraud on the part of the deceiver, and don’t judge the deceived as harshly.
    -Do you believe Lucifer believed he could overthrow the God he knows is ommnipotent? That would seem to imply Lucifer is less intelligent than a human, as even a selfish human can understand not fighting a stronger opponent out of purely selfish desires.

    “So as I see it, a world where we know we must choose God or suffer serious consequences is a world that doesn’t really have a choice.”
    -Please explain to me how we are not currently in a world where we must choose God (be a believing Christian) or suffer serious consequences (hell). You seem to be saying God wouldn’t have designed the exact system He is said to have designed.

    “So, all things considered, it appears that God created humans and angels with the ability to sin (freely deny Him) because He wanted us to be able to love.”
    -If it takes the ability to sin to also be able to love, how does God love anyone if God can’t sin?

    “God did not want robots, after all, so He allowed himself to be hidden just enough that we must choose to believe, follow, and love Him.”
    -This conflicts with what you’ve already said about people being free to deny Him? If total knowledge of God’s existence means a person is forced to robotically worship Him, Lucifer would never have been able to rebel and would have been a ‘robot’ as you described. If you believe Lucifer knows God exists and was still able to rebel somehow, that implies knowledge of God does not destroy free will, and that God could also reveal himself to all humanity and not destroy our free will.

    Lastly, do you think love can be demanded? As in, can love be ‘owed’ to another?

    I hope this isn’t too much and I’ll understand if I don’t get a reply, this is an older post. I’ve been struggling with these questions for a long time and cannot find any answers that make sense, and I don’t know if God is answering me either. People tell me God does not make confusion, that He makes perfect sense, but I can’t make sense of this. Please help.

    -GC

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    1. Hello GC, thanks for your comments and questions. I won’t pretend to know all the answers for certain, some of what we write about is speculation as God’s ways are higher than our ways but I believe there is much about God revealed in His Word to give us a good idea about this topic. So to start, I don’t think God could have created a being without free will that would also never sin. Jesus was never created, he was God incarnate, forever existing as part of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) but he took on the form of a man to live a sinless life and die as a sacrifice for our sins.

      What I stated about Lucifer having no such knowledge was referencing the consequences of sin. From what we know, before he sinned against God, sin had not occurred.

      Also what was POSSIBLY withheld from Lucifer was God’s presence or glory, there is a link in that part of the blog to a short talk about this concept if you had not had a chance to click on it yet.

      I have always wondered how Lucifer being in God’s presence and seemingly knowing God’s power, why he would choose to turn against God but this too is part of that talk in the link, very much speculative but I found it helpful answering these questions for myself.

      This world does require us to believe in and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior or eternal separation from God is the consequence but when I stated “a world where we know we must choose God or suffer serious consequences is a world that doesn’t really have a choice.” I’m referring to the requirement of faith in this life. There is no silver bullet for Christians to point to which shows with absolute 100% certainty that God exists, the choice is still ours because we can choose to believe the Bible is true or not. I believe the evidence for God, Jesus and the Bible definitely outweighs all other beliefs but it definitely still requires faith and that is what I’m speaking about.

      In the Bible it states in various ways that God cannot sin because of who He is. God is perfect and the standard of perfection. When I said it takes the ability to sin to be able to love, I was referencing us as humans who are not perfect beings. Some might ask why didn’t God just make us perfect in every way which I think I touched on a little bit but if God made us perfect in every way we would essentially be gods and God is also believed to be indivisible so it would seem this is not an option.

      The part about God not wanting robots, this goes back to what I referred to with the link to the talk. Not to mention, something I may not have brought up in the blog, angels and humans are different as well, so I was assuming for the sake of argument that angels and humans were similar when it came to free will but it’s also possible that isn’t the case. Assuming it is, Lucifer still wouldn’t have had knowledge of the ugliness of sin, death and pain would have been likely unknown to him so sin to him would have meant something different than what sin means to us now. This life with sin could possibly be a requirement for a future life with God where we have free will without sin.

      As far as love being demanded, I believe love is a choice. Respect can be demanded but love I think we choose or it ceases to be love.

      I hope this helps and feel free to ask further questions that you may have.

      -Clark
      Theologetics.org

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