Long post but please bear with 🙂
I think a common mistake people make is using the example of man to define God. But what I think they forget is that the difference (one of many) between God and man is that man sins, (Romans 3:23) God does not. ( 1 Peter 2:22) God created man (and woman) with free will. He did not want us to obey him because we had to, or out of obligation. But because of that free will, man fell into sin. (Genesis 3:1-7) That was just the beginning.
Because of this disobedience, the human race was cursed. Separation from God being the most severe. People continued to sin and gradually turn and walk away from God. So, God searches the entire earth and only finds one man and his family who are still faithful to Him. All the beautiful, unique people he had created, had turned and taken up vulgar practices and worshipped other gods. This wasn’t just God throwing a tantrum, pretty downright dirty deeds were being committed,(Genesis 6:5-6) even by our societies standards. (And that is saying something) God wanted a clean, fresh start. So He appointed Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives to build an ark to save two of every kind of animal. (Note how the Bible says “kinds” and not Species? Genesis 7:1-3. I suggest you look up the difference) It rained for 40 days and nights and as morbid as it sounds, every living thing on land, outside the ark, died.
A new page had been turned. But understand this, sin was still part of the world. Although Noah was found to be the only righteous man, he was not without sin. Sometime after the flood, he got so off is face drunk that he lay in his tent, completely naked and exposed, unable to cover himself. (Genesis 9:21)
All throughout the Bible,people keep continuing to live in sin. God came up with a way for people to atone for their sin, through the sacrifice of an unblemished, healthy lamb. (It could vary. Leviticus 4,5,8,16) Because this lamb was unblemished, it was considered perfect. Only someone/thing that has done no wrong and is perfect, can take the sins of the people. Which is why roughly 4000 years later, Jesus made the perfect, ultimate sacrifice. (1 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:5, Isaiah 53:9) He was the unblemished lamb.
Why would He sacrifice himself for a people who continue, throughout history, to deny His existence? Because He created us. Because He loves us. As a parent loves a wayward child and gives the opportunities to mend their ways, so God does with us. We were separated from God with that very first sin in Genesis 3. We had to make regular sacrifices to atone for our sins. But Jesus saw our suffering and struggles from being separated from God and knew that only by His sacrifice and blood being spilled, will we truly be free from sin and reconciled with God. We have hope of everlasting life now.
All bad things came into the world when sin did. The world was cursed because of man’s disobedience. So instead of asking, “Why does God make bad things happen?”, take a look at the book of Genesis, where it all began. God did not create a world with bad things in it (illnesses, disease, poverty, sin…) He created a perfect world, but man ruined it.
Instead of measuring God by mans standards (imperfect and flawed) measure yourself by God’s standards. Where do you think you come on that scale?
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