Predestination; Purpose for the Creation Narrative; responding to the skeptic…
You’ve asked a question that time will not allow a sufficient response but I’ll be as succinct as possible…Though our Creator is omniscient, He infuses free will into the lives of both His angelic and human creation and does NOT interfere with that free will for the majority nor does He predestine anyone to Heaven or Hell (Calvin was wrong) but allows each to choose whom they will serve; this free will, volition, is of necessity as our Creator desires intimacy with His created beings and true intimacy with love and relationship cannot manifest in an atmosphere void the ability to “choose” to love or enter into relationship.
Reciprocal, satisfying, love and relationship cannot be predestined nor can it be coerced; both parties must desire that relationship with integrity and honesty; otherwise, the interaction is impotent, stale, nihilistic. Love cannot be forced or exist in fear; therefore, our Father has given His all to provide us reconciliation, a path back to Him through the Son’s work at Golgotha (John 3).
Elohim’s pride and joy is His angelic creation; unfortunately, Elohim’s anointed cherub angel that served Him in the Kingdom (Ezekiel 28:11+) made the affirmative decision, via covetousness, to assume and challenge the sovereignty and authority of God and a rebellion ensued in the Kingdom and according to Scripture, one-third of the beautiful angelic host opted to follow this anointed, charismatic, cherub angel in a devastating coup d’état (Ezekiel 28:11+; Isaiah 14; Revelation 12:4).
God the Father made the affirmative decision to extricate this rebellion from the Kingdom (Luke 10:18) to minimize its destruction where nothing impure is permitted to exist (Revelation 21:27) at which time the Father ordained The Gospel of Grace through Jesus Christ before Time began (2 Timothy 1:8-10) as His battle strategy to destroy the works of the Evil One (1 John 3:8b).
The Father commissioned the Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:35), to initiate our creation narrative by taking elements from the unseen Spiritual Realm and fashioning those elements into matter that can be apprehended by life constrained by Time and physics (Hebrews 11:3; Genesis 1; John 1; Hebrews 1; Colossians 1). This is why our greatest scientists, astrophysicists, will never define our origin because the matter we “see” finds it genesis in the “unseen” spiritual realm (Hebrews 11:3).
God the Father extricated the Evil One (Isaiah 14; Luke 10:18) and those who followed him in the rebellion and placed them partially within the constraints of Time and physics and on the sixth-day of the creation narrative, Elohim created human kind in His spiritual image and allowed the Evil One access to mankind; through Adam’s rebellion, the cosmic war between good and evil rages within Time and Eternity and the Father first introduced the Son, our Warrior, in Genesis 3:15 and then Elohim provided a picture of His battle strategy in Genesis 3:21 i.e. the Gospel…the shedding of innocent blood shed by God Himself to redeem mankind via an imputed robe of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) which was fulfilled 4000-years later by Messiah Jesus on a Roman Cross outside the gates of Jerusalem with the words “It is finished” (John 19:30).
This narrative is worthy of a large novel in small print but my objective is to be as succinct as possible but know that you have been placed within the Realm of Time as a warrior and you are endowed with free will to choose whom you will ally with, God or Satan. The previous 6000-years of horror upon the Earth is serving as experiential relevance for the two-thirds of the angelic creation observing the unconscionable suffering resulting from rebellion and the demonic influence of their former brethren and there is coming a 1000-year span of perfect peace called the Millennial Reign of Messiah where the Evil One will be bound and not allowed access to human kind; this span of peace will provide a stark comparison/contrast with the previous 6000-years of horror and will be the final convincing era where the faithful angelic creation will KNOW the benefits of obedience to the Father…this example of the necessity for obedience to the Father will provide a bulwark against future rebellion in the Kingdom as free will remains extant in Eternity by necessity; also, the faithful angelic creation will wholly concur with the Father that Satan and the rebellious angels do deserve internment in Hell, forever (Revelation 20:10).
Those of human kind who have allied with the Father in this war through faith in Jesus, our Warrior and Messiah, they will live throughout Eternity as servants of the Most High in the New Jerusalem in resurrected bodies (Philippians 3:21), a Holy City that will set upon a foundation on a New Earth and within a New Heaven as this present Earth and the entire Universe will be destroyed by fire as it is temporary and the 2nd-Law of TD will accomplish its objective. Thank you for the question…