“The schools of Hillel and Shammai disputed two and a half years whether it would have been better if man had or had not been created. Finally, they agreed that it would have been better had he NOT been created. But since he had already been created, let him investigate his past doings, and let him examine what he is about to do”
(from the Talmud)
When we ask ourselves that same question, what would we say? If we addressed our creator asking him; “Are you sorry you created mankind?” What do you think would be his answer? After all, look at all the damage mankind has done. Elohim created man and woman in HIS perfect image, perfect and sinless. But when placed in his garden paradise, both man and woman succumbed to the temptation of HaSatan, thus falling from that perfect state of sinlessness. We might want to say that God should be indeed sorry that he made man.
We see in the book of Genesis that Elohim destroyed almost all of mankind from off the earth by the universal flood, yet he saved Noah and his family, even knowing that mankind would revert to his sinful lifestyle afterward. Does that not tell us something about the nature and character of our creator?
But from what viewpoint are we looking at this? We are looking at this dilemma from the human standpoint
of finite beings, living in the finite dimension of time and space, yet Elohim lives in both the dimensions of time and space. He is from eternity past to eternity future. He also lives in the present realm of time and space.
When He created mankind, he already saw his fall looking into the future. It is like being on a mountain top and viewing a town far below. One can see all around that town, even the dangers that are up ahead since we are at a higher altitude. We might wish to warn the people of the town about the danger before they head for it. Did Elohim not warn Adam about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? Yes, He saw ahead and saw the fall coming, and yet even before creating mankind, he saw this coming. He could have said; “I will not create man because he will disobey me.” Then where does grace come in? and forgiveness? John 3:16 would not have been written.
Had mankind not been created, there would not exist the love of God, nor a reason for grace, nor compassion, nor forgiveness. I would not be writing this, and you would not be reading this. We would be either animals or plants on this planet. Elohim would be ruling a planet of only fauna and flora, yet void of man. The intimate relationship would not exist.
I would have to disagree with Hillel and Shammai and say it was fortunate that man was created. Even though sin entered the world, grace still abounds and so does forgiveness. There is always an opportunity to receive forgiveness of sins on this side of the grave.
I agree with Hillel and Shammai when they stated; “let him investigate his past doings, and let him examine what he is about to do” What are man’s past doings? Sinful deeds! What can man do about his past? Absolutely nothing! What’s done, is done! But Elohim DID do something to remedy the situation. He came to earth as both GOD and MAN and offered “Salvation” (Yeshuah) to all mankind. He became the “2nd Adam” to a lost and dying world.
“let him examine what he is about to do.” What is he about to do? It is different for every man (and woman).
If man is smart and wise, he will repent of his sinful lifestyle, and accept the one time sacrifice for sin on Calvary’s cross by Yeshua. Yeshuah came to mankind through Yeshua. (play on words). Some men and women do absolutely nothing. Yet by doing nothing, they ARE doing something, they are rejecting God’s free gift and condemning themselves to eternal separation from our righteous and Holy God.
The question is still open. What are you about to do with Messiah Yeshua? Since we are already created as human beings and not plants nor animals, we have a choice. Accept or reject. The choice is yours.