Many things that don’t appear bad have the potential to be.
My wife and I love being grandparents. I had always heard how wonderful grandparenting was, but I had to experience it for myself to understand the pleasure. If you saw us interacting with our grandchildren, you would assume we thought they were incapable of wrong.
Our first grandchild always woke up with a smile. He was never cranky unless he was fighting the nap he needed. He loved to help us with things around the house. And everywhere we took him, he drew a crowd. He even had a following of students at the school where I teach. But all his positive characteristics were overshadowed by one negative: he had the potential to be bad—and as he got older, he proved it.
If God is the Creator of all things as believers propose—yet sin exists—does that mean he created sin? Some say yes. Others disagree.
Apparently, sin made its presence known in heaven before it arrived on earth. Lucifer, an angel created by God, intended to assume God’s position. “For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars…I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High’” (Isaiah 14:13-14 NLT). After God removed him and his followers from heaven, Lucifer tried his hand on the earthlings God had created. Eve was an easy target, and Adam followed willingly. The rest of the story unfolds every day before our eyes.
Rather than maintaining that God created sin, I choose to say he created the possibility of sin. Evidently, he wanted even the supernatural beings known as angels to have freedom of choice—as well as the humans he planned to place on earth. No robots in his heavenly realm or on his earthly kingdom.
Freedom of choice is what makes us human. The ability to embrace our Creator or snub our noses at him. I don’t fault God for the evil on earth. I blame myself—and everyone else for choosing to go our own way rather than God’s. When we do, sin results…and it’s not God’s fault.
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing, and Assistant Editor for Vinewords.net. He has also served as Web Content Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Don’t Just Live…Really Live (Ambassador International), A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots (Vine-Word Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Parenting Teens, Open Windows, Proclaim, Stand Firm, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, The Upper Room, The Upper Room Disciplines, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Converge, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, The Banner, Relevant, Bible Advocate, Reasons to Live, Author Magazine, and Lutheran Digest. Wiles has also written for the Bridges and Pathways Curriculum (Warner Press) and is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, Inkspirations, and VineWords and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles has also served on faculty for the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. crat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.