God's 2 Universe Creation Plan

When giving a Cosmological or Teleological argument, skeptics will sometimes object that a perfect God would not create such an imperfect universe. One thing they'll point out is that the universe is running out of usable energy. There is decay in the universe. Why would God be so incompetant to not make a universe that lasts? Isn't this universe a bad design? Well, that depends. It depends on what the Creator's purposes are for making the universe the way it is.

I think that God intended for this universe to be temporary from the beginning, given the way it was created (to wind down from the very beginning) it’s most likely God had intended this universe to be a temporary to begin with. Probably to give human beings a chance to choose to love Him or to reject Him (which this option won’t be present in the next universe because everyone living in the next universe will have already made their choice to love and serve their Creator). You see, God wants us to love Him as He loves us, but without free will, love becomes impossible. Jesus said that the first and foremost commandment was to "Love the Lord your God..." A personal relationship, characterized by the possibility of love, is only possible if created beings are given free will. If God had created the universe with no possibility of evil or sin, then the created beings would have had no free will, and, as such, would essentially be programmed computers. Such beings would be incapable of love, since love involves making a choice - which requires the ability to choose not to love. For example, I can program my computer to say "I love you" when it starts up. Does this mean that the computer really loves me? Of course not! Likewise, God could have programmed humans to say that they loved Him, without the possibility of rejecting Him or performing evil deeds. However, these programmed beings would exhibit about as much true love as my computer - not a very satisfying relationship. Therefore, God created the universe for the express purpose of allowing free will spiritual beings the opportunity to have fellowship with Him (and likewise, reject Him). The Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good and Evil was one such opportunity for His humans to reject or serve Him. The opportunity to reject or serve God will not available in the next universe. Why? Because everyone in the next universe will have already made their choice in THIS universe. Those who chose God will be worshiping Him in the new universe, those who rejected Him will be in Hell.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the analogy of a husband and wife is used to describe God's relationship with His people. Israel is considered Yahweh's bride, and Yahweh, in the book of Hosea, constantly characterizes idolatry as spiritual adultery. Yahweh's bride is cheating on him with false gods. In the New Testament, The church of Christian believers, the collective body of regenerate people, are considered Christ's bride. So, we can think of this imperfect universe as the wedding proposal. In this universe, God is giving human beings the opportunity to say "I do" or "I don't". According to both science and The Bible, this universe will not last forever. So the free willed agents God created must "speak now or forever hold their peace".Whatever decision we make now will be the one we'll be stuck with for eternity.

Let’s face it, you don’t put entropy in a universe you intend to last forever. The next universe God creates won't have entropy in it, it won't have oceans either according to the book of Revelation.

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." - Revelation 21:1

"But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness." - 2 Peter 3:13

"Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them." - Psalm 102:25-26

For more information on why the universe is the way it is, check out Hugh Ross' book "Why The Universe Is The Way It Is". Hugh Ross is an astrophysicist who is also a Christian Apologist. He's the president of Reasons To Believe.