Bible Q&A

I have a question for you.  If God knows the beginning and end, why didn't he create us all with him in the first place.  If he knew some of us were going to burn in Hell for all eternity then why did he stick us on earth and not create us in heaven with him in the first place.  (I totally believe in God, but I am afraid this question will be asked to me and I wont be able to answer it).

Thanks for the question,

Everyone at one time or another wonders about this. Yet there's a lot of background that must be laid to understand God's motives.

1. Love is a choice.

If God had created us all with him in heaven then many of us would have become depraved to serve self rather than to love others. There would have been war in heaven from beginning to end (much like the course Satan chose).

Here on the earth, it's kind of a "no-man's" land, where justice can be forestalled and the requisite faith for life can be developed. Here we can be persuaded and taught. We can be introduced to God and his will and establish a relationship of love with him. Here we can be forgiven and justified.

Jesus compared the kingdom to a net of fish and choosing the good and tossing the bad. Or a field of wheat full of good plants that were growing along with bad plants that his enemy had sown. The earth is a proving ground, a boot camp if you will.

2. Faith is a choice, a moral one.

God does know that there will be people who will have faith. Since he is infinite in knowledge, he happens to know even who will believe. But we are not robots. The choice has to be made by us. It's a growing process and we have the opportunity to grow into his likeness, mirroring his glory and love.

Like Moses said to the Jews, "See, I have set before you this day, life and good, death and evil; therefore choose life.." Deut.30:15,19

3. To have been created in heaven is to have that choice removed. 

On the earth only the good and honest heart will find God. That's what He wants. We are not made inclining toward one or the other. We make the choice and we become strong in it here among the children of that wicked one. Our love and faith that we have chosen must overcome the world.

1Jno. 5:1-4
"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every
one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God,
and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep
his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For
whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory
that overcomes the world, even our faith."

Hope this gives you something to consider.
God bless you in your efforts to know and serve him.
Larry White