I’m paraphrasing here, but Greg Koukl made some good points on an old Podcast of Stand To Reason that I thought were useful in answering common questions from both Christians and non-Christians. The question from the show was, “Why didn’t God just kill Adam and Eve after they disobeyed God?” When we get questions like that the following answers are usually accurate, even if they aren’t completely satisfying to the questioner.
- I don’t know.
- Because He wanted to.
- For his glory.
Sometimes the answers are in the Bible, but not always. But that shouldn’t rock your world. It can be interesting to speculate on the answers based on what we do know about God. In this case, Koukl noted that by letting humans live and ultimately coming to earth as a substitutionary atonement for our sins that God was able to demonstrate more of his attributes. It would have been completely legitimate for him to kill Adam and Eve for their rebellion, but He chose not to.
It is often more productive to focus on what we do know than on what we don’t know. The end of Job is in the Bible for a reason. Ask all the questions you like, but don’t pretend that God didn’t reveal everything to us that we need to know.
And don’t get spooked if there are tough questions you can’t answer, whether the questions are your own, from other believers or from skeptics. In an even greater sense than how a toddler can’t understand why his parent does something, we don’t know near enough to explain why God is or isn’t doing something in every situation.