Here’s a response.
Thanks so much for your great question on our Room For Doubt website or in our app! Since it’s proper to think that God knew what was going to happen after He created the universe and us, your question is quite natural to raise. We already have an article that deals with parts of this question here: “Why the Forbidden Fruit?”. Please read that for a fuller answer.
- God knew that He had a plan to make things right—to save us. This plan included God sending His own Son to die for us! Why would God set it up so that His Son would have to die a terrible death in human flesh? Because there was apparently no other way for us to be saved from the clutches of the Evil One—from Satan. Just before His death, Jesus prayed, “If it is possible, let this “cup” [of suffering on the cross] pass from Me” (Matthew 26:38-39). But apparently it wasn’t possible. I take this to mean that there was no other way. Even God could not, or would not, save us without the blood of His Son being shed on the cross.
- I also believe that there was no other way because God was resolving an even bigger issue—the cosmic conflict with Satan and his angelic followers. Somehow, God’s giving us human freedom, knowing that we would mess things up, was necessary to provide His ultimate response to Satan—Satan’s eternal destruction.
- To bring this down to our level a little more, think of a married couple who want to have kids. Why would they want a child when they know that the kid will do naughty—sinful—things? The point is: Even if we (or God) know in advance that our children will sin—and maybe even rebel against us—we often still make the choice to have kids. We want to love them and be loved by them. So we are willing to deal with it when the time comes.