[quote=James_2:24]I understand that God loves us so much that he gave us free-will and allows us to choose or reject Him.
We also believe the God knows ALL the future from now unto eternity. So if he knows all the future, and knows many creatures will choose against Him and thus be damned for all eternity… why would he create such creatures?
I know the obvious answer – “out of love”… but, wouldn’t it be loving to NOT create such a creature whom you know is destined for eternal punishment? I mean, I think I’d rather never have been created at all – than to know I’d choose to go against the will of God and end up in eternal punishment…
The only thing in the universe worth allowing hatred, sin and damnation, is Love. One cannot love without the option to choose not to love. One cannot be kind to another with out the option to choose not to be kind to another.
When God put the tree of knowledge into the Garden of Eden, He gave man the tremendous opportunity to love God.
We can be assured that the production of love for God is worth putting man in danger of eternal damnation because God chose to do so.
Note: God is outside of the physical time which He created. Our Spiritual God is Omni-Present to the whole of physical time rather than some sort of future seeing from a point in physical time.
NIV 1JO 5:3
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.NIV JOH 14:15
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
NAB JOH 15:22
“If I had not come to them and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; now, however, their sin cannot be excused. To hate me is to hate my Father. Had I not performed such works among them as no one has ever done before, they would not be guilty of sin; but as it is, they have seen, and they go on hating me and my Father.” NAB SIR 28:7
**Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;**NAB DEU 5:9
“. . . you shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishments for their fathers’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation but bestowing mercy, down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
NAB SIR 35:6
The just man’s sacrifice is most pleasing, nor will it ever be forgotten . In generous homage to the LORD be not sparing of freewill gifts.
NAB LUK 12:31
Instead,** seek his kingdom**, and these other things will be given you besides. Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
**NAB LUK 12:15 **
Then he said to the crowd, “Avoid greed in all its forms. A man many be wealthy, but his possessions do not guarantee him life.” He told them a parable in these words: “There was a rich man who had a good harvest. ‘What shall I do?’ he asked himself. ‘I have no place to store my harvest. I know!’ he said. ‘I will pull down my grain bins and build larger ones. All my grain and my goods will go there. Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself.’ **But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life shall be required of you. **To whom will all this piled-up wealth of yours go?’ That is the way it works with the man who grows rich for himself instead of growing rich in the sight of God.”
NAB JOH 15:16
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and** bear fruit that will remain**, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you:** love one another.**