Question 14: Did God create us unable to keep his law?
No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.
I hear lots of people talk about free-will as if it is some great gift from God and that because of our free-will we can choose to follow Him or not. Well, I’m not such a fan of free-will. My experience has been and I believe the Bible supports my experience, that free-will does not lead me toward God and making choices that are good and godly but it leads me toward self-centeredness. It was free-will that led Adam and Eve to choose to question God’s goodness and instead believe and follow the lies of Satan and selfishness. Sin has its consequences and because of the sin of selfish disregard for God and His goodness, we are all born with a nature that rebels against God and what is good and godly. We can’t keep His Law perfectly because our hearts are antagonistic toward God.
But there is GOOD NEWS! Jesus offers us new hearts and a new nature and through the indwelling of His Spirit our desires change from selfishness to selflessness. Sure we still struggle with that old rebellious nature but when we succumb to it we feel remorse because we have let God down, gone against our new nature, and aren’t living the life that we want to live. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we really can keep God’s Law but that darn free-will is still there and the reality is that we don’t tend to keep it perfectly. Thanks be to God for grace and mercy. May we immerse ourselves in God to the extent that the ways of this world no longer seem so attractive and may His will become our will!