I am often interested in how my life experiences inform my understanding of God’s motivations and purposes. For example, unbelievers often indict God for creating humanity knowing full well that they would be capable of harming and destroying themselves. I have to admit for number of years this was hard to understand – how could a loving Creator do that?
But now as a parent of four children such motivations are clearer; after all, this is exactly what parents do. An act of love creates our children, and through love we raise and nurture them. But the reality is we are creating beings capable of destroying themselves – able to hurt themselves and others; and of course many do. They are also capable of returning our love and going on to lead prosperous and fulfilling lives, and many do that as well. It is the latter possibility that motivates us, as well as a desire to see ourselves reflected in them.
Now I understand that like a parent, God’s desire to reproduce Himself in a free-willed creatures with whom He had the possibility of a mutually loving relationship simply wasn’t defeated by the reality that some would choose to destroy themselves.