Mankind given free will
Re: A hell of a mess, October 18 letter.
It is more a matter of mankind’s free choice. In the beginning God created an ideal environment for all His creation, mankind included. There was food for all. Man and animals all ate fruit, nuts, grass or leaves.
However, God gave mankind free will to choose to love, trust and obey Him, or rebel, deny and reject Him. With some help from another being whose sole aim was to destroy mankind and all of God’s creation, man chose the latter.
By choosing to reject God, all of creation was corrupted. Violence and death entered the world. Animals killed for food. Corruption got so bad that God was prepared to destroy the whole creation in a flood.
Thankfully there was one family who were true to Him. Even though he sent the flood, animals and mankind, through Noah and his family, were saved on the Ark.
God loves his creation and has always given them the chance to change their minds and return to Him. He even sent His beloved Son to pay the full price for mankind’s rebellion, which mankind could never pay themselves.
God even provided a book of instructions to follow, however mankind likes to do things their way and then blame someone else when things go wrong (usually God).
All God requires of mankind is to do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Or as Jesus would say, to love the Lord your God with all your hearts, minds, soul and strength, and love your neighbour as you love yourself (which is to treat others as you would like to be treated).
God’s book of instructions is the Bible. God also sent warnings throughout history, through his prophets, that mankind was heading for self-destruction. Therefore the choice is mankind’s.