Some people think they can imagine a creature which has free will but has no possibility of turning bad. I cannot. If a creature is free to be good, it is also free to be bad. And free will is what made evil possible.
Why then, does God give His higher creatures free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.
A world of automata — of creatures working like machines — would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight.
Of course, God knew what would happen if we used our freedom the wrong way. Apparently, He thought it was worth the risk. Perhaps we might disagree with Him. But then again, it is difficult to disagree with God. He is the source from which our reasoning power comes. We cannot be right and He, wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source!
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