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Why did God let sin in the Garden of Eden?

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"Why did God allow sin at all? Why didn't He just keep sin out of the garden of Eden?" Have you ever wondered that? I have.

I don't know that I have a perfect answer, but here is the beginning of one way to look at it.

1 Peter 1:20 clearly says that the rescue plan of God was from the beginning of time.

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory so that your faith and hope are in God. 

If we believe that God did allow sin in (as the question states), it means we affirm the Bible. If that is the case, we need to understand what the Bible actually teaches.

Our pain here is meant to make us groan for the perfection that awaits in heaven.Not a great analogy, but when I am stressed out but have a vacation coming, it makes me look all the more forward to that vacation. If life was one big vacation, the vacations don't give us much to look forward to. We are to live in light of the blessing of eternity and the trials here point us to heaven. We have a place awaiting where sin cannot enter and will be altogether different and better from where we are now. If sin had never entered, I doubt we could fully appreciate what a sinless place would be like,

Notice that Peter says that Jesus was raised from the dead for the glory of God. God is glorified and needed if we live in a place of sin. We live in a broken world of sin, and the fact that God sent Jesus into it magnifies His love for us. He is glorified through that act. Rescuing someone who is utterly helpless otherwise is one of the most powerful means by which you can demonstrate your love for someone. God did that, and our fallen world shows His love. He is glorified more by entering a sin-stained world.

Just because I don't know for sure, doesn't mean there isn't an answer out there. Just because I don't have the answer doesn't mean there is no answer. Practically speaking, if we have questions about the Bible, we should not feel like we can freeze in our faith as a result of our ignorance of the answer. Were there dinosaurs in Genesis? Does it really matter? If you found the answer 100% on how that all worked, would it change your life? Does not knowing that factoid, keep us from being fully devoted followers of Christ? Of course not. Just because we don't know the answer doesn't mean there is not a good answer. We may just not know it...yet.

The bottom line is to always ask the question, "what is the value in finding out that answer?" If you found out why sin entered and could prove it incontrovertibly, would that matter? Would you just move on to the next area of doubt? Instead, we need to learn to trust God and walk in the mystery. Questions are fine until they become an excuse for timidity and complacency.

Don't let questions and wonderings freeze you in your faith. Always press forward towards the One with the answers.

"See" you Sunday.