OK, so I understand the answer to the problem of evil (in as far as any of us can understand it) that God created us with free will, because free will is required to show genuine love, and the love we reciprocate with God is a greater good than all the harm done by sin, etc.
However, this begs the question, why didn’t God create love to be something different?
If for God all things are possible, why didn’t He create a highest good that didn’t require free will?
Or are we to take the statement in 1 John 5 that God is Love to mean that God’s unchangeable nature is love, so He didn’t have any choice in what love is, any more than we have a choice in what DNA is, it is simply a part of us, and even if we change the detail, we can’t change the basic nature of the thing itself?
Does this mean God is unable to change certain things about Himself?
For example, is it fair to assume that God couldn’t decide that the highest purpose of creation would be building beautiful sculptures, which a race of robots could do without free will, He had to choose love because it was already inside Him as the highest end, because it is inherent to His being.
Like I said, don’t think about this too long or your brain will melt