In my years working with sin, I have come across the notion many times that it is imperative that God not be directly responsible for, or the author of, sin. This is typically accompanied by logical conclusions based on the ‘goodness’ of God, that if God is the embodiment of good, it is impossible for Him to be the source of any form of bad. In some cases, it is also accompanied by the argument that if God is the author of sin, it proves that He is a terrible God who hates humanity and does not deserve our worship, or some such thing. What I plan to write here, is to prove that it is actually impossible for God to not be the author of sin, and to suggest ways that the other two arguments might be misguided.
First, let us begin with sin’s authorship. The most popular argument for sin’s existence outside of God is that it is either Adam’s fault or Satan’s fault. That is, sin, from nothing, arose within either of these people due to some fault or corruption within them, or outside of them in the case of Adam. Do you see the problem yet? It is absolutely impossible for either of these beings, both of whom were lovingly crafted by God, to be capable of developing or manifesting any form of corruption without God’s direct knowledge, and even more, His direct intention. In essence, there is nothing that can come from Adam or Satan that is not the direct responsibility of their creator in some form or another. This is part of the universal and complete sovereignty of God because even the laws which govern the very particles which constitute both of these beings was painstakingly crafted by God. That it is even possible for either of them to conceive of sin must be the will of God.
This takes us naturally to the other two cases. How can God knowingly and intentionally be the author of sin and still be the ultimate good and righteous Father? Let me first say that within the arguments of ‘good’, we humans tend to use our human understanding of good, a mere shadow of God’s goodness. Rather than challenging God’s goodness with our own, when we find He differs from our expectations, we should check our expectations, not His existence. One way that I have found of understanding the existence of sin in the world which maintains the beauty and wholly holy goodness of God is the Cycle of Consequence as introduced in this blog.
Understanding the existence of sin as necessary for love changes the entire picture of God’s character from ‘Why do you allow suffering you terrible God’ to ‘Thank you for allowing suffering, for without it we would not exist’. Yes, that’s right, from this perspective, sin is also good. Is not anything good which allows us to love the Father?
So there you go, this one is shorter than I thought because it is pretty much signed and sealed with an understanding of the Cycle of Consequence. Sin is necessary for love. Because God is love, its ultimate source and existence, I will trust Him to know it best, and trust that the universe He created was made with His love of us all in mind and heart.
Grace and Peace to you all.
I look forward to your questions, please leave them below.