God's Will & Mankind's Brokenness
God desires that all people would live in a perfectly good and right existence all the time. From His perspective this is how life should be lived and experienced by all. This desire of God could be called His moral will.
Moses tells us in Genesis that after each day of creation God tells us His testimony of what He made. His testimony was that it was “good.” Finally, after God completed all His creative acts He calls what He made “very good” (Genesis 1:31). The story of God in creation informs of many foundation truths about God and His intent for human existence. One of which is simply that He intended mankind to live in a perfectly good and right existence all the time. That was God’s will for mankind.
If God has a moral will, why isn’t it being followed? Mankind’s brokenness is seen in all segments of society as well as within every individual. No one is immune from the stain of brokenness and it unfortunately comes in may shapes and sizes. There is emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual brokenness that all are born into. The two realities of God’s moral will and mankind's brokenness has led many to unbiblical conclusions about God. These conclusions have at least one thing in common—God forces compliance to His will. Here are a few of the unfounded conclusion:
If God forced mankind to live in His moral will, He isn’t doing a good job since man is not following His will - God is not powerful enough to force His will.
His moral will isn’t actually the ultimate good - God really isn't good enough.
God and His moral will are a myth - God really does not exist.
These are flawed conclusions since, in part, they are derived from a flawed premise. The premise that God forces compliance to His will is not seen in Scripture. God certainly does exist, He is powerful and acts according to His unchangeable character as well as He is always good. How, therefore, should we understand His moral will and mankind’s obvious brokenness (that no one perfectly follows God’s moral will). Here is perhaps a solution: God allows non-compliance.
From Adam and Eve to the final letter of the Scriptures, we see God expressing His will, yet mankind freely rebelling against it and God holding them (mankind’s) accountable for their rebellion. It goes without saying that God desires mankind to follow Him, yet He doesn’t force them to do so.
Why does God allow for non-compliance? God allows for non-compliance because there are greater values to Him than force compliance. Force compliance is not how God interacts with the free moral agents of mankind. If there are values that are greater than forced compliance, what are they? Here are a few of those greater values
Free will of people
Love that is not self-seeking
Forced compliance is not compatible with the above values and since we see those values all through the Scriptures, we must conclude that forced compliance by God is not how He interacts with mankind.