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These youth Bible study questions with lessons come from Rick Jones of Texas. Rick is a retired engineer and an elder in his church. He has been a youth Bible study teacher creating his own lessons the past several years and wants to freely share them here with other youth leaders and teachers.
Let's face it, we all wonder about things. These lessons for discussions on difficult life questions can equip our youth to take a stand for their faith in Christ. Each includes power point slides and Biblical answers to pointed questions backed by Scripture.
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Why discuss these questions?
Rick gives three great reasons we should study the answers to these questions and also equip our students with the answers from God's Word.
- Even if youth already know the answer, we all encounter people who do not. We will very possibly could be asked this question.
- Understanding other points of view helps you prepare an argument against them – know your enemy.
- 1 Peter 3:15 says "But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do so with gentleness and respect."
Youth Bible Study Questions:
Why did God Create a World He knew would disobey Him?
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Why did God make the World at all?
God created the world for His pleasure and our good. God made everything—the Earth, the planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars—for Himself to enjoy.
He wants people to enjoy Him, and He created us to share in His love. God has great plans for all His own, plans that they'll never know fully until heaven.
Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever. (Westminster Greater Catechism)
"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen."
"Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31
Psalm 73:24-28 - "You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."
Psalm 73:24-28 NIV
3 Options to Ponder:
- God made creation perfect, but somehow it went wrong, and He had to get His Son to do a quick rescue job.
- God made creation such that this would happen, so He could send His Son to earth to show His glory.
- God made creation knowing that it would rebel against Him one day—but He made it anyway
Option 1: God Lost Control
God made creation perfect, but somehow it went wrong, and He had to get His Son to do a quick rescue job.
- He didn’t see it coming – He’s not really omniscient
- He chose not to know.
- He didn’t really create a perfect world if it went bad.
Option 2: God planned the fall
- He caused man to sin so that He could send Jesus and show how loving He is.
- This would mean that God created sin.
- God is manipulative to the tiniest degree, like the director of a movie.
Option 3: God foresaw the Fall, But went ahead anyway
- He gave us free-will and knew what we would do with it.
- Keeps open the fact that God is good and perfect.
- It shows God’s glory, love, mercy, and grace.
- He desires a loving relationship with man, and was ready to be patient, forgiving, and merciful when man failed.
Biblical Support for Option 3:
- God is omniscient – Psalm 139:1–6
- God knows the future – Isaiah 46:10
- God does not tempt us with sin – James 1:13
- God gave us the ability to choose – Joshua 24:15
- All people will one day glorify God – Psalms 86:9
- God plans to bring unity to all things under Christ – Ephesians 1:10
Youth Bible Study Questions
- God gave us free-will so that we may choose to love Him. Love without freewill is not love, it is programming.
- God, exists outside of time (His creation). He knows what was, what is and what will be.
- He created the salvation plan from the beginning knowing that the fall would occur.
- God used the fall to demonstrate His love and His graciousness. “We would never know grace if we had never needed grace.”
- The glory of God is the overarching goal of creation. (Psalms 19:1).
- The world that best displays the glory of God is the world we have—a world that was allowed to fall, a world that was redeemed, a world that will be restored to its original perfection.
Discuss: Then Why do people still not accept option 3?
- We continually want to make God in our image, not the other way around.
- Lack of belief in the entire creation story.
- The belief that God “caused” them to sin by tempting them with the tree and He would not do this.
- If He knew that they were going to sin, but did not stop them, then He is guilty of all of the evil in the world.
- This would be saying the we are paying the price today for Adam and Eve’s sin.
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Rick's teaching power point may be downloaded here -
Why did God create a world that He knew would disobey Him?
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