Some ask, “If God is good and all-knowing and all-powerful, why did he make things so that there could be so much evil and suffering in the world? He knew that it would be that way! So why?” The answer lies in the value God places on having sons who love him. Love without the possibility of experiencing rejection is not possible. A computer or robot cannot love. God considered that it was better to have real sons even if it meant so much suffering to exist in the world. God’s values may be different to ours, but they are right! Also, He wanted his sons to put Satan and his dark powers, the leaders of rebellion against God, to shame! (Eph. 3:10,11). It needed to be eternally demonstrated that all alternatives to God’s will were foolish!
Now Adam and Eve did reject God – by rejecting His Word – and succumbed to the temptation to be morally independent of God. We do the same every time we choose our own way in contradiction to the Word of God. But God’s plan to have sons and daughters was not stopped by this act of high treason, as we will see later. But for now we will look at the beginning of sin in humans and some of the consequences of that sin.