This article is just one in a long series addressing questions posed by agnostic blogger Larry Simons in his article entitled, 31 Questions Christians Can’t Answer. For the rest of series click here. Enjoy!
11. Why did God create human beings to have a sinful nature?
In the interest of full disclosure I want to say that I am not necessarily a young-earth creationist. There are huge challenges to believing that the earth is only 6000 to 10000 years old and facing those challenges makes a lot of the defenders of these positions say some pretty easily refutable things. Also, it tends to be a view that monopolizes the believer’s faith. By that I mean that the vocal believer in young-earth creationism tends to believe that you either can’t possibly believe in God to the depth that they do if you don’t agree with them or that your faith is balanced precariously on a razor’s edge and you could lose it at any moment. There was a time in my life when I was one of these believers. I currently say that we don’t know enough, and the text is not explicit enough to warrant absolute faith in that position. Science seems to me to reveal a much older universe, but my faith is not in the creation it is in the Uncreated One.
As with nearly all of the questions, this question assumes God at the outset and even assumes, it would appear, a young-earth creationist point of view. The creation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent fall is recorded in Genesis 2:4 – 3:24. On the basis of the assumptions inherent in the question and the relevant text you can not conclude that human beings were made with a sinful nature. You can, however, conclude that Adam and Eve were made with the ability and freedom to chose to follow the commands of God or to disobey those commands.
Once again free will is at the heart of the matter. I’m tempted to write off the rest of this list over Mr. Simons’ fundamental confusion between God’s will and our free will and how they interact. It’s almost always what we come back to. But why? Is God guilty by association with us because we do bad things? If you’re already assuming God as creator of the universe how do you then sit in judgement of Him? How do you begin to assume that you have a full picture of His motives even if you have the facts straight on His actions (which in this case you most certainly do not)? And what’s the point? If this God is really the jerk you seem to think he is, with the power your questions assume he has shouldn’t you refrain from heavy criticism? Here I think we get close to a truth that hints at Mr. Simons’ motives. Maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t only think there isn’t a God, but he also thinks there isn’t a christian smart enough to know what he’s trying to do. I just wonder if he even tried to wargame out the possible answers to his questions, or if his prejudices got the better of him.
In the end there is no answer to this question because the question assumes facts not in evidence.