Fulton Sheen once asked, “What purpose did God have in mind in making this kind of world?” The Archbishop answered, “simply that God intended to construct a moral universe.” In order to create a moral universe, God had to create man free and the master of his own fate, the caretaker of his own virtue.
Archbishop Sheen continues, God created “His subjects able to act against His will, as stars and atoms cannot, … [with the] possibility given to them to break allegiance, in order that there be meaning and glory in that allegiance they freely choose to give it.” This is the story of Genesis, the story of Israel, the story of salvation history, and the story of each of us.
It is because of the freedom of man that evil, chaos and death entered the world. They are bound to the freedom of man. If man is to choose between good and evil, man must be presented with good and evil; if he is choose between love and hate, he must be presented with love and hate; and the same follows for justice and unrighteous, and life and death. God created man with the power make himself a man of goodness, love, justice and life, or on the contrary a man of evil, hate, unrighteous and death. God endowed each person with the freedom and power to decide the person he or she will be.