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Why Didn’t God Make the World Perfect?

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Actually, He did make it perfect. Today’s world is a shattered representation of God’s original creation (Romans 8:22). The Bible records in Genesis 1:31 that God declared at the end of Day Six of Creation Week that all He had made was “very good.” Of course, that raises the question: What is “good” to the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God? Answer: perfection. Logically, this should not be surprising. What else would one expect from a perfect God other than a perfect creation? Deuteronomy 32:4 states, “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all his ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He” (emphasis mine).

This original perfect creation was innocent and free of death and the Curse, which were the consequences of man’s sin Genesis 3; Romans 5, 8; 1 Corinthians 15). Death, suffering, and disease were by no means part of God’s flawless creation. This means, among other things, that in the initial creation everything was vegetarian. This is quantified 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 one thinks 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. 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 and that there is the glorious hope of restoration to perfection when Christ returns!

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Bryan Osborne is passionate about reaching the lost with the gospel! As an expert in the use of exciting, apologetics-based evangelism and chronological Bible teaching, this former athlete connects with audiences through real-life stories and facts that confirm the truth of the Bible. After graduating from Bryan College with a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and minors in Greek and Christian education, Bryan earned his master’s degree in education from Lee University. For 13 years he boldly and enthusiastically taught Bible history in a public school system in Tennessee, and for 20 years he has helped youth and young adults in the local church to know and defend their faith. Bryan’s giftedness as a communicator and his passion for revealing the truth of God’s Word are obvious and contagious! He now speaks at conferences and in churches for Answers in Genesis and is developing a blog designed to help parents and ministry leaders solve the growing epidemic of biblical illiteracy through the use of specially designed resources such as AiG’s Answers Bible Curriculum. You will love his practical, cutting-edge talks that reveal the importance of apologetics in evangelizing the lost and in equipping today’s youth and families in the body of Christ! Bryan reports that he and his wife Marla have been blissfully married since 1998 and are enjoying the early years of child-rearing!