Q: Why did God create people who would reject Him?
“If we say that God created man to destroy him, we make God capricious and malevolent. If we say man has complete free will, we brush up against the doctrine of election/predestination. We can’t take a sovereign God’s view of man and say, “why did He send him to hell/why did He send him to heaven? or “why did God create people who would reject Him?”
God is not capricious or malevolent. We’re all headed to hell. Christ comes along and offers salvation, and some respond by faith. Those who respond by faith are the elect. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us how to identify the elect. It tells us to make disciples of all ethnos.”
“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very reason I raised you up, in order to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the earth.” So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” On the contrary, who are you, you foolish person, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does the potter not have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one object for honorable use, and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with great patience objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon objects of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, namely us, whom He also called, not only from among Jews, but also from among Gentiles.”
Romans 9:17-24, Genesis 1:27
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