Why Didn’t God Make the World Perfect?
Actually, He did make it perfect. Kids need to know that today’s world is a shattered representation of God’s original creation (Romans 8:22).
God declared at the end of Day Six of Creation Week that all He had made was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Of course, that raises the question: What is “good” to the perfect God? Answer: perfection.
Logically, this should not be surprising. What else would we expect from a perfect God other than a perfect creation? He is the Rock. His work is perfect. All His ways are just. He is Truth and without injustice. He is righteous and upright (Deuteronomy 32:4).
This original creation was perfect and innocent. It was free of death and the Curse, which were the consequences of Adam’s and Eve’s sin (Genesis 3; Romans 5, 8; 1 Corinthians 15). Death, suffering, and disease were not part of God’s flawless creation.
This means, among other things, that in the initial creation everything was vegetarian. This is revealed explicitly in Genesis 1:29–30 when God tells Adam and Eve to eat fruit, and everything with the breath of life to eat plants.
If we think about it, this makes perfect biblical sense. The Bible is clear from beginning to end that death is an enemy, the consequence of sin. Which means there could not have been any meat-eating until after Adam’s sin because there was no death until after Adam’s sin. Did you know that it was not until after the Flood that God allowed man to eat meat (Genesis 9:3)?
Of course, everything changed when sin entered the world. But that does not change the fact that in the beginning God made a perfect creation. Kids need to know that, and that everything will be restored to perfection when Jesus returns!