I have been posed the question why did God create people if He, being all-knowing, knew that some would go to hell.

Wow, what a question.

I once heard a story that went something like this.

“There was a little boy walking the beach one day throwing starfish back into the ocean. A man came along and asked him, ‘What are you doing?’

The little boy replied, ‘I’m saving the lives of these starfish.’

The man looked way down the beach and realized this was an impossible feat. ‘Son, you can’t make a difference with all the starfish laying out on the beach.’

The little boy picked up a starfish, looked at it, then turned to throw it in the ocean. “I made a difference in that one’s life!'”

I’ll give another example. I am affiliated with compassion international. My wife and I sponsor a little girl in Peru by the name Gianella.

I heard on the radio coming home from work a commercial for Compassion. The commercial was reenacting a moment when a girl first found out she was gonna be sponsored. I got to thinking about how maybe a year or two down the road that sponsor may not be able to sponsor her anymore. Then what? What if Compassion had asked that same question before they started this ministry. What about all those children that never would have made it through out life if it had not have been for their sponsors. What about our Gianella. Where would she be now if not for us.

I’m scared to think if God would have asked those same question about us. God sitting in Heaven tired of the angels forced to worship Him. He decided to create someone that would willingly worship Him, someone that would willingly love Him, someone that would willingly devote theirselves to Him. So He created us, with the hopes that everyone would worship Him.

I believe it would have been more atrocious had He not created us for the lack of knowledge of God is worse off than the ability to have known Him!


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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