Recently I've been having a conversation with "Lisa" (not her real name). She's a high school student who has a LOT of questions. It has been a real challenge to me to get into the Scripture and make sure that what I'm sharing is biblical.
That's been good for me. By the way, I shared some of this conversation a while back, if you'd like to see that you can read it here. Anyway, Lisa contacted me via Facebook and we've been "talking" for some time now. Praying you are encouraged by our conversation. By the way, give us comments, we'd love to hear what you think. Here goes:
Lisa: In the Bible it states the earth was meant to be perfect before Adam sinned and everything wasn't supposed to die. Wouldn't the earth become over populated?
Carl: Great question so let's take a stab at it. First, we have to give God the credit He deserves. God is the only one who knows everything, past, present and future. God knew we were going to sin. The Scripture actually makes that point very clear. Take a look at Genesis 2:17:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Did you catch that? Notice what is written there, "for in the day that thou eatest." Ouch! That's pretty straight forward, He knew Adam would eat!
Now, because He knew what Adam was going to do God already had a plan in place that would provide a way of forgiveness and restoration.
[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]