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If God is in control, why did he put us on this earth? Why did he create the world and not something else?

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Thank you so much for your question. You may have many reasons for asking this, but I assume that it is in light of so much suffering and evil in the world. How could a good and all-powerful God allow this to be? It’s a very important question and I will try to answer it from the Bible.

The first thing to note is your response to life and the world around you. But it is important to note that when God created all things the world was not as it is now. Observing the present order of things, here is an inherent understanding that suffering and evil are real and that life could be better. That’s a good place to start. The Bible not only confirms this reality but also leads us to a real and living hope both for now and the future.

The Bible affirms that God is good (Luke 18:19). It also reveals that God is our creator and all things exist in their past, present and future state ultimately for his praise and glory (Revelation 4:11). He could have created something else, but purposefully created this world. He is in complete control, always has been and always will be. He has a good plan and purpose for his whole creation and his good will is continually being worked out in the world he created (Ephesians 1:11).

We need to remember that evil, suffering and death were not part of humanity’s original experience, nor will the world exist in its present state forever. In the beginning God, by his own perfect standard, declared all that he had made, including humanity, as being ‘very good’ (Genesis 1:31). Our relationship with our life-giving God, one another and the creation around us was perfect and enjoyable. We were deliberately put on this earth to be God’s people under his rule, enjoying his blessing and being a blessing both to others and his creation (Genesis 2).

The world is largely the way it is now through the free choice of mankind. Humanity turned away from our Creator, refusing to obey him (Genesis 3:6). We brought sin into the world. The result is suffering, death and separation from God, our own sinful natures and a spoiled creation. Every relationship has been damaged. As long as we continue to be guilty of rebellion, we and the world we represent will continue to be under the just wrath of God and subject to future judgement (Romans 6:23). That’s the sad situation we find ourselves in.

However, there is good news. God has purposed to rescue his Creation and make it even more glorious than the original. Every relationship in this new Creation will be perfect. There will be no more evil, pain, suffering, disease or death. Above all, God has promised to restore a people to him. (Revelation 21:3-4). God has the power and authority to consummate this renewed Creation. Nothing can alter his loving plan or stop the fulfilment of his promises.

God is in complete control and does not stand aloof; he hates sin, is grieved by it and will judge it (Genesis 6:6). Yet, he has also lovingly and powerfully acted to reconcile us at his own expense. (John 3:16) We cannot restore this relationship ourselves and none of us are deserving of rescue, but the One who created this world purposefully took our human nature to himself, entering his own creation to bear our sins upon a cross at Calvary. Jesus Christ was a man of sorrows who tasted death on behalf of his people that we might be freed from the power of sin and fear of death (Hebrews 2:14). As our risen Lord is able to sympathise with us in all our troubles, and ultimately deliver us and his creation.

The good news is that forgiveness and a new relationship with God can begin now, together with a certain hope of being and participating forever in a fully restored creation. It is offered to everyone who recognises their guilt of personal sin against our Creator, repents towards God, and rests in Jesus Christ as God’s way of restoring us to him (Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23-24).

We may never be given all the answers as to why it should please God to allow evil and suffering to come to his creation, but we can have a well-grounded trust that God knows what he is doing, and does all things well. Knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour does not instantly release the Christian from present suffering, nor dull the pain of suffering. But he does give real and true answers, peace, hope, comfort, strength and guidance through every experience he brings our way, working out everything for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Psalm 115:3
  • Colossians 1:15-19
  • Romans 8:38-39

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