Post Author: Bill Pratt
Since the Fall, we know why people choose evil – we are all born with original sin that saturates our soul. The Fall, however, does not explain why Adam and Eve, or even Satan, used their free will to choose evil, to reject God.
This question may never be answered this side of heaven with any certainty, but William Dembski offers some interesting thoughts about the subject in his latest book, The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World. Here is Dembski’s stab at this persistent mystery:
Perhaps the best we can do is offer a psychological explanation: Precisely because a created will belongs to a creature, that creature, if sufficiently reflective, can reflect on its creaturehood and realize that it is not God. Creaturehood implies constraints to which the Creator is not subject. This may seem unfair (certainly it is not egalitarian). The question then naturally arises, Has God the Creator denied to the creature some freedom that might benefit it? Adam and Eve thought the answer to this question was yes (God, it seemed, had denied them the freedom to know good and evil).
As soon as the creature answers yes to this question, its will turns against God. Once that happens, the will becomes evil. Whereas previously evil was merely a possibility, now it has become a reality. In short, the problem of evil starts when creatures think God is evil for “cramping their style.” The impulse of our modern secular culture to cast off restraint wherever possible finds its root here.
Interesting thoughts. The creature, in effect, thinks that God is holding out on him, that what God has offered is not as good as what it should be. Out of humanity, only the man Jesus was ever content with what God gave him, which is why he is the model we are all to emulate.