I grew up in a cultural Catholic family. About three years ago, I left the Catholic church and now attend a Protestant church. Even though I've been at my church for about 3 years, it has really only been about a year or so, that I would say I came to true faith. I've tried to consume as much information from the Bible and books that I can about God, to come to a better understanding. I admit I am still finding it difficult to comprehend his infinite sovereignty over all things, and also the depth of man's depravity. These are truths that are fairly new to me, and although I accept them, I can tell you that there have been nights where I lay awake trying to comprehend it all. I agree with the 5 points of Calvinism, but am still trying to figure out all the intracisies involved with each point (i.e. supra v. intra).
I tell you all this, because the learning of these truths have led to a very basic question. It's a question that may have a very simple answer, but I am not sure of it. That question: Why?
Why did God create the elect? Whatever the reason, why did he create us in sinful bodies? Why didn't he just create the elect in a manner in which he wants us to worship and obey him? If he hates sin, why create the reprobate?
I ask all of these questions being well aware of Romans 9. It is actually a chapter I read quite often as I struggle with these questions. I ask them not as a challenge to God for what he has created, or how he has created, but rather, I struggle trying to reason why God would create a people for whom he knew that he would eventually have to send Christ to die for. Why would God, who we know hates sin, create us knowing that he would have to send Christ to bear the sins of the elect?
I have spent a lot of time reading the threads on this forum, and know that this site is a great resource of information. I would like to thank you all in advance for the time you spend responding.