Sunday Tidbit: The Best of All Possible Worlds?

Ever since Leibniz posited that this is the best of all possible worlds, the debate has raged, and the arguments on either side seem convincing. Can God create something that isn’t the best? But do we want to say that this mess of a fallen world is really God’s best? How does one process the fact that God is a good creator, and the fact that his creation is in many ways very bad?

But what if the whole discussion is misguided? We tend to think of God’s creation in a fragmented way: he created, and then he will create again. But what if he never stopped creating in the first place? What if he’s still in the process of creating the best of all possible worlds? God is a God of process. If anything, the creation days reveal to us that while God had the power to create everything in an instant, he chose to create according to a process. What if the creation week is supposed to give us insight into what God is doing in his larger act of creation that hasn’t been completed yet? Just as his “very good” creation came out of chaos and disorder–and then he sabbathed–so, too, his best of all possible worlds comes out of the chaos and disorder of a fallen universe, and one day he will finally Sabbath having finished his work of creation. And it will not be just “very good.” It will be the best, for it shines forth as gold refined by fire.

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